Beware of social engineering tactics… [Teksquisite]


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Sites like Twitter and Facebook are a “social engineer’s paradise.” The information that people are willing to share on these two social networking sites alone blow my mind! I think I have heard everything on both social networking sites. From Tampon brands to nostril clippers; even preferred textures of competing brands of toilet paper. Has anyone ever heard of Too Much Information (TMI)?
Just last week Jim announced on Twitter that he was going on vacation for two weeks to a tropical island in the South Pacific…
We all know that Jim is:
  1. Single, has no animals or significant other and loves to party.
  2. He lives in Sacramento, CA and his home address is located on Google maps.
  3. He telecommutes from his home office and earns an outrageous income.
  4. He also owns very expensive gadgets and is always talking about current purchases online.
  5. He checks in with Foursquare and Facebook Places.
  6. Jim follows back every follower that follows him on Twitter and accepts all friend requests on Facebook.
Sweet Jim is a walking time bomb for all types of online shenanigans. Since he accepts all friend requests on Facebook — he leaves family, friends and everyone exposed to possible scam links posted to his Facebook wall. Jim has also set his residence up for potential robbery and opened himself up to the possibility of identity theft. There are myriad “Jim’s” in the online world. They are very willing to share all of life’s movements with EVERYONE! They are a “social engineers” dream.
Social engineering is essentially the art of gaining access to buildings, systems or data by exploiting human psychology, rather than by breaking in or using technical hacking techniques. [Source]
And so it goes… The bad people are out there and paying very close attention to social networking sites. Before you openly post your telephone number, your next vacation or anything that can reveal Personally Identifiable Information (PII) — be sure that you are not doing this on Facebook, Twitter or other social networking sites.
Be aware, be safe online and remember that online is not your personal diary or a place to air your dirty laundry or your vacation plans. It is a place where the bad guys currently have the edge. They have the crimeware toolkits and the knowledge of how to seduce the masses into believing whatever is most suggestible at the moment. Whether it is targeted at profile views or getting rid of that double chin in 20 days — they know how to wave their magic scam-ware at you and if you are not careful, you could be their next victim. Don’t buy into it. Not now, not ever!

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>Scam Email Sent to Facebook Accounts – Currently Active


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>Does Facebook really care for our privacy? By B-Joe


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     The big question that everyone has is “Does Facebook really care for our privacy?” I took in an investigation to figure out if they really do care for our privacy to keep us safe.

     One of the biggest loopholes i found about this was in section 3 of the Facebook Terms of Service. They remarkably put that they cannot guarantee that your privacy is protected. This does not really affect them caring about your privacy really. For the little scams that are not too big you are responsible to watch out for them for yourselves. They only protect your privacy in major concerning ways.

     A huge loophole into your privacy not being protected is in Section 2. There it states that ALL applications must follow the TOS and if they withdraw to do so they will be terminated. Today there are many applications out there scamming and giving users viruses, yet they don’t get the Facebook application team out there to remove them from the Facebook System. This makes it look like 75% of the time Facebook doesn’t care for your privacy matters. 

     Then in section 5 is says that you must respect others rights, yet about an estimated 5,000+ get their Facebook hacked because Facebook doesn’t have that many resources to protect privacy that well. Resources for protecting your privacy and such are not high enough. They allow you to hide your email but then again there’s applications that they don’t get rid of that can most likely get your email out there to the hackers.

     Facebook is now developing a new security feature to help you protect yourself. When you click on a scamming link or virus link Facebook will ask you if you are sure you want to go there. Do you think this is a good enough feature to protect more users and prevent more hacks and scams?

“Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.
-Benjamin Franklin


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>Scam Alert : Free 500 Facebook Credits


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Are you seeing this on your walls?

 It is from a fake Blogspot site at http://facebook-giveaways.blogspot.com/


Damage Control ( Like-Jacking )


What Like-Jacking Means.
Like-Jacking is a Facebook-enabled Click-Jacking attack that tricks Facebook users into clicking a hidden “Like Button” on External web pages. Most Facebook users are unaware that a like-jacking has taken place due to the fact the like button is usually hidden behind a fake video play button or some other object on the web page. Users will instinctively click these fake objects thinking they are harmless. Many Facebook users end up leaving the Scam sitting on their wall for days because they never knew it happened. Their friends come along and fall right in to the same trap once they click. AVOID IT. Read and share this with your friends.

Damage Control ( For those who have fallen victim. )

How to Recover From Like-Jacking
If you have fallen victim to a Like-Jacking scam, you need to clean up your facebook profile immediately. You can do this by simply removing the “Like” made to your wall. This will ensure that you do not continue to assist the scam artist in spreading his Like-Jacking ruse to your friends and even further throughout the facebook network. .

How To Remove A Like Message From Your Wall
  1. Navigate to your profile wall by clicking the “Profile” link at the top of your facebook home page.
  2. Scroll down your profile wall till you locate the like, then click on the little “X” at the top right corner of the message. 
  3. Select “Remove And Unlike” from the menu and the message/Like will be removed.
How To Remove A Unwanted like From Your “Liked Pages List”
A few facebook users have complained about the unwanted “Likes” remaining in their “Liked Pages List”. This  list is located in your profile info area, in the “Activities and Interests” section, under the “Show Other Pages” link. The problem seems to happen even after following the directions listed above. If this happens to you please follow these direction as well.
  1. Navigate to your profile wall by clicking the “Profile” link at the top of your facebook home page.
  2. Once on your profile page click “Info” right below your profile picture, then Scroll down to the heading “Activities and Interests” and click the “Edit” link to the right.
  3. At the bottom of the Edit Activities and Interests page click the “Show Other Pages” link.
  4. The “Other Pages You Like” Dialog Box will open and from there you can scroll through your list of liked pages and remove the ones you don’t want by clicking the “Remove Page” Button..

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>Scam Alert : Facebook now has a dislike button


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If you see any message that states this “Facebook now has a dislike button! Click ‘Enable Dislike Button’ to turn on the new feature!” Its from a Likejacking site and will spam all your contacts.
What Like-Jacking Means.
Like-Jacking is a Facebook-enabled Click-Jacking attack that tricks Facebook users into clicking a hidden “Like Button” on External web pages. Most Facebook users are unaware that a like-jacking has taken place due to the fact the like button is usually hidden behind a fake video play button or some other object on the web page. Users will instinctively click these fake objects thinking they are harmless. Many Facebook users end up leaving the Scam sitting on their wall for days because they never knew it happened. Their friends come along and fall right in to the same trap once they click. AVOID IT. Read and share this with your friends.
Damage Control ( For those who have fallen victim. )

How to Recover From Like-Jacking
If you have fallen victim to a Like-Jacking scam, you need to clean up your facebook profile immediately. You can do this by simply removing the “Like” made to your wall. This will ensure that you do not continue to assist the scam artist in spreading his Like-Jacking ruse to your friends and even further throughout the facebook network. .
How To Remove A Like Message From Your Wall
  1. Navigate to your profile wall by clicking the “Profile” link at the top of your facebook home page.
  2. Scroll down your profile wall till you locate the like, then click on the little “X” at the top right corner of the message. 
  3. Select “Remove And Unlike” from the menu and the message/Like will be removed.
How To Remove A Unwanted like From Your “Liked Pages List”
A few facebook users have complained about the unwanted “Likes” remaining in their “Liked Pages List”. This  list is located in your profile info area, in the “Activities and Interests” section, under the “Show Other Pages” link. The problem seems to happen even after following the directions listed above. If this happens to you please follow these direction as well.
  1. Navigate to your profile wall by clicking the “Profile” link at the top of your facebook home page.
  2. Once on your profile page click “Info” right below your profile picture, then Scroll down to the heading “Activities and Interests” and click the “Edit” link to the right.
  3. At the bottom of the Edit Activities and Interests page click the “Show Other Pages” link.
  4. The “Other Pages You Like” Dialog Box will open and from there you can scroll through your list of liked pages and remove the ones you don’t want by clicking the “Remove Page” Button..

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>Scam Page Alert : Zynga Games Official Zynga Promotion


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This site Needs everyone to “Report” It here http://www.facebook.com/Game.Farmville?sk=app_10339498918

This has nothing to do with Zynga or farmville

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>Scam Video Alert – OMG Look What THIS Kid Did to His School After Being Expelled


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 New Video Scam On your Wall

Damage Control ( Like-Jacking )
What Like-Jacking Means.
Like-Jacking is a Facebook-enabled Click-Jacking attack that tricks Facebook users into clicking a hidden “Like Button” on External web pages. Most Facebook users are unaware that a like-jacking has taken place due to the fact the like button is usually hidden behind a fake video play button or some other object on the web page. Users will instinctively click these fake objects thinking they are harmless. Many Facebook users end up leaving the Scam sitting on their wall for days because they never knew it happened. Their friends come along and fall right in to the same trap once they click. AVOID IT. Read and share this with your friends.
Damage Control ( For those who have fallen victim. )

How to Recover From Like-Jacking
If you have fallen victim to a Like-Jacking scam, you need to clean up your facebook profile immediately. You can do this by simply removing the “Like” made to your wall. This will ensure that you do not continue to assist the scam artist in spreading his Like-Jacking ruse to your friends and even further throughout the facebook network. .
How To Remove A Like Message From Your Wall
  1. Navigate to your profile wall by clicking the “Profile” link at the top of your facebook home page.
  2. Scroll down your profile wall till you locate the like, then click on the little “X” at the top right corner of the message. 
  3. Select “Remove And Unlike” from the menu and the message/Like will be removed.
How To Remove A Unwanted like From Your “Liked Pages List”
A few facebook users have complained about the unwanted “Likes” remaining in their “Liked Pages List”. This  list is located in your profile info area, in the “Activities and Interests” section, under the “Show Other Pages” link. The problem seems to happen even after following the directions listed above. If this happens to you please follow these direction as well.
  1. Navigate to your profile wall by clicking the “Profile” link at the top of your facebook home page.
  2. Once on your profile page click “Info” right below your profile picture, then Scroll down to the heading “Activities and Interests” and click the “Edit” link to the right.
  3. At the bottom of the Edit Activities and Interests page click the “Show Other Pages” link.
  4. The “Other Pages You Like” Dialog Box will open and from there you can scroll through your list of liked pages and remove the ones you don’t want by clicking the “Remove Page” Button..

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>Scam Alert: OMG Click 2 see your stalker – You Idiot Facebook Friends are pasting Java again


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Are you seeing this on your walls?


Are your Friends currently posting the Profile Spy spam you see in the picture? I know some of them are. Want to know how I know? That’s easy, I know because I just got hit with it twice from friends who don’t normally spam anyone. If you see a message like the one in the picture pop up on your wall, posted by a friend, Simply click the little “X” at the top right corner of the message, then select “Mark As Spam”. Then take a few seconds to tell that friend to stop “Cutting & Pasting” JavaScript in their web browsers. It’s a REALLY STUPID thing to do. Facebook may not actually care about them, but you are at least trying to show you do..



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>ScamSniper Alert : all Farmville Scams – Currently Active


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The FarmVille Items offered in the picture below are not legit. They are scams setup to dupe FarmVille players into “Liking” a bunch of random facebook fan pages. After liking the random fan pages you will be told to spam your friends with these fake items and then transferred to your Farm in effort to make you think you will receive these bogus items. YOU WILL NEVER RECEIVE THE ITEMS IN THE MESSAGES. These are Scams and you will gain nothing from participating in them. Avoid the messages you see in the photo below.

Crystal Sheep, Purple Stallion, Purple Gaga Foal, Gaga Unicorn, Eriskay Pony Foal, Zynga Mystery Box and Wildmill

Damage Control ( Rogue App )

Rogue Applications Explained ( App Spam )
Defined- There are weaknesses in facebook that allow unscrupulous facebook application developers access to your facebook information and to use your facebook account as a means to spread a fake viral messages/ads across facebook. Once you install a rogue app it does not function as promised. It instead mines your data and/or spam’s your wall in an attempt to spread itself to your friends and throughout facebook.
How to Recover After A Rogue Application Install
If you have installed any Rogue Applications within your facebook profile, you may be currently spamming your wall and or your friends News Feeds with the Rogue Applications viral/scam messages. You must remove the messages from your wall by deleting the post and remove the rogue app by uninstalling it from your facebook profile.
How to remove a Rogue Application and it’s Spam Messages from your profile:
To Remove The Rogue Applications Messages From Your Wall:
  1. Navigating to your profile wall, then locate the message you want to remove.
  2. Once you’ve located the message click on the little “X” at the top right corner of the message. 
  3. At that point Facebook will either open a dialog box which will ask you are sure you want to remove the post, or it will offer you a menu. If you get The Dialog Box simply click the “Remove Post” button in the dialog box to remove the message. If you get The Menu simply Select “Remove Post OR Remove Post and Revoke The Publishing Rights of {App Name}” from the menu and the message will be removed.
To Remove The Rogue Application From Your Facebook Profile:
  1. From your Facebook home page Click Account, then “Privacy Settings“.
  2. Then under the heading “Applications, Games, and Websites” click “Edit Settings“.
  3. To the right of the heading “Applications You Use” Click the “Edit Settings” button.
  4. Finally find the rogue application you want to remove in the list and click the “Little X” to the right of it’s name. From there Simply follow the facebook prompts to remove the app.
Damage Control ( Fake FarmVille Animals )
Damage Control ( For those who have fallen victim. )
If you have fallen victim to any of these Fake FarmVille Animal Scams, you need to clean up your facebook profile immediately. You can do this by simply removing the posts made to your wall. This will ensure that you do not continue to assist the scam artist in spreading his ruse to your friends and even further throughout the facebook network. 
To Remove The Fake FarmVille Messages From Your Wall:
  1. Navigating to your profile wall, then locate the message you want to remove.
  2. Once you’ve located the message click on the little “X” at the top right corner of the message. 
  3. At that point Facebook will offer you a menu. Select “Mark As Spam” from the menu and the message will be removed. If the message is not remove or reappears on your wall simple follow sets 1 & 2 again, but this time chose “Remove Post” to have the message permanently removed.

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