There it is, sitting in your inbox like a turd that won't flush: a message from Facebook that informs you one of your friends has, for reasons that are entirely unclear, referred to you as a "piece of shit." Not only did they slam you with a hugely undeserved and thoroughly obnoxious insult, they posted it right on your Wall for everyone to see. Man, you'd better click through to see what this is all about, right?
WRONG. Don't fall for it, because this message is a trap. I mean, I'm not saying you don't have friends who would say idiotic things on your Facebook Wall, I'm saying that this particular notification is a bunch of bull -- and if you click through, you run the risk of infecting your computer with all sorts of garbage.
Here's what to be on the lookout for:
The scam masquerades as an email from Facebook alerting you to the fact that some total jerk left an offensive post on your wall. The text reads:
[NAME] commented on your Wall post.
[NAME] wrote: "you piece of shit!!!"
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The giant blinking clue that this message may not be what it seems lies in the return email address, which is "firstname.lastname@example.org" -- but, of course, in the heat of the moment you might not notice that.
If you do in fact click that oh-so-tempting link to see what the heck crawled up [YOUR ASSHOLE FRIEND]'s butt, you'll be redirected to a website that contains the Blackhole exploit kit, which essentially blasts browsers with tons of known vulnerability exploits until some piece of malware gets through. No bueno.
Security experts say it's always a good idea to double-check that return address, and hover your mouse over any suspect links to make sure it's not going to take you somewhere you don't want to go. Or, in this case, don't assume the worst from your Facebook buddies … even if they ARE a bunch of ragtag foul-mouthed hooligans.
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