By Declan Dunn, TechViews.org …..
While scrolling through Facebook it is easy to find all kinds of offers that are not legitimate. A new scam promises nude photos of celebrities with a simple click.
The current scam that is circulating across Facebook attempts to trick users into clicking on a link for a celebrity sex tape that instead downloads malware onto their computers. Once clicked, the link redirects users of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari to a web page with overly-aggressive pop-ups and advertisements related to nudity and fake lotteries, while downloading malware to your computer in the background.
The Scam is especially bad for Google Chrome users
If you use the Google Chrome browser, the danger is even worse. If you click the link on the sex tape advertisement, you will get private messages from bogus Facebook members encouraging you to open a PDF with photos of a nude celebrity.
By opening the PDF file, you will be taken to a web page with an image containing a play button, tricking users into thinking that the PDF may contain a video.
Once the play button is clicked on the scam PDF, you are then redirected to a fake YouTube page that offers up a pop-up window inviting you to install a Google Chrome extension to view the videos.
Don’t do it! Simply stop, close your browser, and don’t do anything else. It would even be a good idea to fully reboot your computer and run anti-virus and anti-malware scans.
But if you actually go to the next step and install the malicious extension, your browser as a whole will become infected. The browser redirects you to your Facebook.com login page and will prompt you to re-authenticate, allowing attackers to collect your Facebook credentials and then use your accounts to spread the malicious campaign further.
With your Facebook credentials in their hands, the masterminds of this scam will have access to your personal information, your photos, and everything that you have written. They also have the same information for every person you are “friends” with. The malicious Chrome extension contains a long list of Antivirus and AntiSpam domains that it blocks and prevents the user from stopping the dangerous download. The malicious Chrome extension also prevents victims from accessing the Chrome Extensions settings page, so that victims can not disable the malicious add-on.
The name of celebrities includes Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lawrence, Hilary Duff, Paris Hilton, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Kelly Brook, Doutzen Kroes, Elodie Varlet and Nicki Minaj.
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