The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Zango/180 Solutions exploiting facebook to install spyware

From the "This comes as no surprise to anybody" department comes word that Zango is using a Facebook widget to install spyware on victims' computers.

The article at Help Net Security describes the attack in some detail, but in a nutshell, the victim receives a Facebook notification that they've got a secret admirer, and need to install some software to find out who it is. And then you need to forward the spyware to five of your friends as well.

The software you're tricked into installing is, of course, the Zango spyware.

Remember boys and girls, it's no safer to install software that some stranger sends you on Facebook than it is to install software someone emails to you.

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