Misleading Facebook Post: "Hackers Posting Sexual Videos and Pictures On Your Wall"
September 10, 2012 11:59 AM
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If you are asked to share the post: "URGENT WARNING TO ALL FACEBOOK USERS!
Hackers Posting Sexual Videos and Pictures" or anything that states that hackers are posting sexual videos and pictures on your Facebook wall, please do not share and/or like the post. It is misleading, maybe dangerous, and is spreading like wildfire on Facebook and the rest of the internet.
The Misleading Facebook Post
The misleading post states that hackers have infiltrated your Facebook account, and are able to post videos and pictures to your wall. It further states that the posted images, videos, links and messages cannot be viewed by you, but can be viewed by your Facebook friends, appearing as if it was posted by you. But this is partially correct.
Cyber-criminals are tricking Facebook users into sending them their Facebook user names and passwords using phishing scams and malicious links(XSS), which they will use to hijack their accounts. Like the post said, the cyber-criminals will post images, videos, links and messages on their victims' Facebook Wall/Timeline, which the victims' friends will see and will appear as if they were sent by the victims. But, it will not prevent the victims from seeing the same posts, and sharing the post will not protect their accounts.
Remember, not everything that is posted on your Facebook Wall/Timeline are shown to you at the same time. If that was the case, then your Wall/Timeline would be fluttered with too much information, so Facebook only shows you some of the information or the most relevant information at different times, but at some point the victims will see the posts because every time they check their Facebook accounts they will see new posts.
Facebook has a tool called "Activity Log" that allows Facebook users to see all posts, or shows a history or record of all posts, even if Facebook users have not seen the posts on their walls as yet. Please click here for information.
Also, cybercriminals have tricked Facebook users into sharing, liking or commenting on similar posts, to make them popular. They then collect the publicly available information for the Facebook users who have shared, liked or commented on the posts, and use it for scamming purposes.
So, instead of sharing the post, please see the information below that will help you protect your Facebook account from cyber-criminals.
How to Protect Your Facebook Account
do not allow unknown Facebook applications access to your profile
remove unknown or malicious Facebook applications from your account; click here for information
stop using your Facebook account to sign up for services on other websites
beware of fake or phishing Facebook websites that will attempt to steal your user name and password
change your Facebook password if you think you have unintentionally clicked on a malicious link or gave a malicious Facebook app access to your account
If things that you didn't post are showing up your on Facebook Wall/Timeline, please follow step 2 in the list above and change your Facebook password. Click here to change your Facebook password.
Tell your family and friends not to share, "like" or comment on the misleading post, so we can stop it from spreading.
Remember to leave your comment and read the ones made by others below. And, please report malicious, phishing or scam email messages, social media posts and websites to us. You may click here to contact us, or forward the email messages to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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