NEWS FROM THE LAB - Monday, February 23, 2009

Don't Search for "Error Check System" Posted by Sean @ 16:27 GMT

A Facebook application called "Error Check System" apparently spread itself over the weekend utilizing misleading messages.

     "[Name] has faced some errors when checking your profile – View The Errors Message"

The Errors Message?

Attempting to view the error prompted for the application to be Allowed. The allowing of Error Check System provided access to the user's Friends to which the application then spammed additional notifications.

All Facebook and Graham Cluley have screenshots and additional details.

What is more interesting to us at the moment is that performing a Google search for the words "Error Check System" will result in numerous links pointing to Rogue Antivirus scams.

You do not want to visit the sites highlighted in red:

Error Check System Search Results

The timing of this is almost too much of a coincidence.

The Facebook application didn't do very much other than spread itself… it did however create a newsworthy story. And now people will be searching for that story and will stumble upon fake antivirus sites.