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Facebook Messenger Scheme is Spreading Adware

Social engineering

A massive adware campaign is being spread through Facebook Messenger, a security researcher found.

How the campaign is spreading links through Facebook is unclear, but the campaign involves many domains to avoid tracking and “advanced and obfuscated” code, according to a blog post by Kaspersky Lab researcher David Jacoby.

Victims receive what appears to be a video link from a Facebook friend, but that link opens up a Google Doc landing page that redirects victims to other websites according to their browsers, operating systems and other settings. For example, a Chrome browser user may be directed to a fake YouTube site and tricked into downloading a phony browser extension, or a Firefox user may be asked to update Flash Media Player. In both cases, they’d be downloading adware instead.

“As far as I can see no actual malware (Trojans, exploits) are being downloaded but the people behind this are most likely making a lot of money in ads and getting access to a lot of Facebook accounts,” Jacoby wrote.

sector

Web Services

reported

August 24, 2017

reported by

ZDNet

number affected

Unknown

location of breach

Unknown

perpetrators

Unknown

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

Unknown

date breach detected

2017/08.24