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Facebook users, beware of the fake hubs!

The latest phishing campaign targeting social networking aficionados lures the victims with an arousing message to the

The IM-based spam wave sent via
automatically generated accounts promises a “hot date” if the Facebook’s users
access the typosquatted link, as depicted below.

 Facebook Phishing

The fake Web site, which reproduces
extremely well the genuine Facebook site, collects the log in credentials using
a PHP script.

Facebook phishing 2

Why is this bad for you? Well, there is an
easy and a hard way to put it.

The easy way: the phishers can employ the
stolen log in credentials to harvest e-mail addresses and other contact details
the users store in their accounts, as well as to post spam messages advertising
different goods and services on the user’s behalf.

The hard way looks like this: the worst
thing for you would be to receive from your social connections blood boiling
e-mails and phone calls because their antivirus and/or computer just went crazy
after landing on your Facebook page.

And no, it’s not your fault that the worm infector
flashy banner ad on top of your page exploiting just another Windows flaw
popped up from nowhere. But it might be your fault for not being careful enough
when accessing and logging onto

About the author

Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.

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