Google Chrome App Grabs Identities, Forges Blogs in Victims' Name to Promote Scam
BUCHAREST, ROMANIA, Nov 16, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
A Google Chrome app that promises to change the color of Facebook
accounts instead nabs authentication cookies and generates dozens of
blogs registered to the victims' Gmail address, in a new scam
analyzed by Bitdefender(R), the leading global antivirus company.
Once the malicious app is installed from Google's Chrome Web Store,
it starts displaying a large Google Ads banner redirecting users to a
"work from home scam." When clicking the sign-up link, users are
redirected to a fraudulent website.
"Scammers gave a new twist to the old change-your-Facebook-color
scheme that's been luring users to fraudulent websites to grab
credentials and other sensitive data," said Catalin Cosoi, chief
security strategist, Bitdefender. "By creating dozens of blogs for a
single account, the scam spreads like wildfire among Facebook
The blogs generated under the e-mail address of the victims, which
are used in further disseminating the scam, have registered a large
number of hits among users in the United States, the United Kingdom,
Germany, Spain, Romania, and other countries.
The app can also post wall messages on the victims' account. The
messages use friend tagging to convince the victim's friends to visit
the blog domains. Each time the app posts on a users' timeline, it
links to one of the auto-generated blogs to avoid blacklisting.
Bitdefender encourages users to use an antivirus solution and the
free application Safego, which protects Facebook and Twitter accounts
from scams, spam, malware and private data exposure.
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