First off: No, you will not see a video of President Obama punching someone in the face here – or anywhere for that matter.
That’s the point of this post. The latest attempt to compromise your Twitter account tells you that you will see this Obama video after clicking the attached link, but you won’t. You will have your Twitter account hijacked AND your personal information stolen from your computer though!
So spread the word, because once folks click the link and travel to the official-looking pages that follow, they’ll fall for this hoax. And guess what? You probably would too!
The direct message you’ll likely receive will say something like “Check out Obama punching a guy in the face for calling him a n****!”
Unfortunately, we know that folks probably would say that to the commander-in-chief considering all the folks in hot water lately for posting just that. And who can blame the man for losing it and having such a scandalous reaction, right? “Oh, I hope his daughters weren’t with him when it happened! Ooo, let’s see!” – that’s you.
According to Panda Security, clicking the link will take users “to a bogus Facebook page where they are prompted to submit their Twitter login details. However, if the user enters their credentials, the malware will hijack their account in order to send the same malicious message to all of their contacts.”
Looks pretty real though, doesn’t it?
Okay, so now you’re dragging Twitter followers into your personal hell. Happens all the time. But then it gets MUCH worse:
Then, the user is taken to a website that displays a fake YouTube video set against a fake Facebook background. This time, the victim is asked to update a ‘YouTube player’ to watch the video. As is usual in this type of scam, if the user clicks on the ‘Install’ button, they will find themselves downloading the Koobface.LP worm, which will infect their computer and steal all of their personal data.
“This attack exploits the two most popular social networking sites, Facebook and Twitter, to trick users into believing they are viewing a trusted site”, said Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs. “It also relies on its victims’ curiosity by using a scandalous story involving U.S. President Barack Obama and racism. Cyber-criminals know people are curious by nature and take advantage of this to trick users and infect them with their creations.”
They certainly do.
Have you fallen victim to one of these scams?
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