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IM spam links to fake Facebook site

BitDefender UK : 20 October, 2008  (Technical Article)
Log-in details collected from typo-squat site that mimics Facebook after luring victims there with link from Instant Message
IM spam links to fake Facebook site
BitDefender researchers have detected an IM-based spam wave which is being sent automatically to accounts with promises of a "hot date" if the Facebook's users access the typosquatted link. (See screenshot graphic). The fake Web site, which reproduces the genuine Facebook site extremely well, collects the victim's log-in credentials by using a php script.

Users should pay extremely close attention to details, such as Web sites names and avoid following links received in e-mail or IM spam. Failing to do so might result in stolen log in credentials. Phishers could exploit them to harvest e-mail addresses, retrieve other contact details stored in accounts or post spam messages or malware disguised behind banner advertising.

"Users should be cautious of any link sent to them via IM or email," warns Vlad Valceanu, head of BitDefender's anti-spam research. "Along with paying close attention to Web site names and likes, it is important for computer users to have an IT security solution installed onto their systems in order to avoid future attacks."
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