Facebook pulls the pin on 'ex-girlfriend revenge' clickjacker

A tantalising fake status update scam has been stopped by Facebook after spreading quickly across the social network. Photo / Claire de Barr
A tantalising fake status update scam has been stopped by Facebook after spreading quickly across the social network. Photo / Claire de Barr

SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook put the brakes on "clickjackers" that were duping people with a fake status update about someone getting revenge on an ex-girlfriend.

"We've disabled the page," Facebook said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.

"As always, we advise people not to click on suspicious-looking links, even if they're from friends."

The scam enticed Facebook users with a titillating status update of "OMG This GUY Went A Little To Far WITH His Revenge On His EX Girlfriend" that appeared to be from a friend.

In order to connect to the link provided, people were prompted to verify themselves by clicking on colour coded boxes that actually triggered Facebook users' Share and Like buttons, spreading the message.

Tricking people into clicking on computer links that do other than what is promised is referred to as "clickjacking."

- AFP

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