Here’s how to spot the fake dislike button that is being used to hack thousands of Facebook users.
United Kingdom — The desperation to tell friends what they really think of their boring and mindless Facebook posts is leading users to fall victim to scammers who offer them an opportunity to install a dislike button.
The hoax lures users into allowing a rogue application to access their profile, where it then posts spam messages. Not content with this, the scammers then attempt to trick the user into completing an online survey, according to a BBC report.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced early last week he is keen to give users different ways to express emotion on the social networking site. He claimed the new tool will be likely to allow users to express empathy rather than disapproval and will be rolled out to a few in the near future.
His announcement generated furor in the press and opportunistic scammers jumped at the chance to target over-enthusiastic users.
Once a user gives the rogue application permission to access their page, it updates their page with the message, “I just got the dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!!”
After seducing them with the message: “Download the official DISLIKE button now,” it then points them to a Firefox add-on it says will install the button.
Ron Sharpp, CEO of FaceMod, the maker of the add-on, said his company is “in no way affiliated with the online scams.” The company has sent out warnings not to download any version of their add-ons from alternate sources.
“Many people are giving permission for completely unknown apps.” Graham Cluley of security firm Sophos told BBC News.
Fuelling myths and speculation about the long awaited button, a viral article claiming Facebook will delete posts that receive over 10 dislikes is completely made up. The website that posted the story masquerades as USA Today but uses the deceptive URL “usatoday.com.co” instead of the legitimate one, according to a hoax alert.
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