Facebook users have been bombarded with yet another spam survey scam, this time using the lure of a video supposedly depicting actress Miley Cirus taking drugs.
In a blog post, Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley warned that the survey scams usually arrive from a user’s friend’s account with a message such as: “OMG Miley Cyrus is caught smoking a BONG on video [LINK]”.
Clicking on the link will take a user through to another page promising the footage, and clicking through again will enable a rogue Facebook application to run on the user’s computer.
“If you do agree to grant the permission, you'll be taken to an online survey (part of the CPALead network) which earns money for the scammers through affiliate revenue,” Cluley explained.
“While you're completing the survey, and earning the scammers some money, their rogue application has posted the link onto your wall, sharing it with your friends and thus perpetuating the scam even more.”
He warned that scams of this type could also be used to steal personal information.
“If you've been hit by a scam like this, remove references to it from your newsfeed, and revoke the right of rogue applications to access your profile via Account/ Privacy Settings/ Applications and web sites,” wrote Cluley.
Social engineering-led attacks such as this are likely to grow in popularity in 2011, according to several security vendors.
Trend Micro warned in its predictions for the coming year that the technique will become increasingly popular via email, as it is a more measurable way of sending out malware than infiltrating web sites as part of a drive-by-download attack.
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