NEWS FROM THE LAB - Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Specials: Facebook Spam! Posted by Sean @ 14:47 GMT

We observed numerous spam runs on Facebook yesterday

Here's a quick look from earlier today using the same search terms: "http:// omg".

Our first entry:


This uses the same image as yesterday's "This Girl Killed Herself After Dad Posted THIS on her Wall" application.

Question: If Facebook's antispam team took Suicide Girl A/B/C/D/E/F offline yesterday… why is "G" still online today?

Here's a link pointing to "Teenage MOM Killed herself":

Teenage MOM Killed herself

It uses the same basic template as yesterday's "This Girl killed Herself After her Husband Posted this on her wall" application.

Teenage MOM Killed herself

AND… it was also posted by the same "Trica" account.

Question: If an account is pushing spam applications, shouldn't you kickban the account and not just pull its applications?

And here's a link promoting a so called "Profile Watcher":

Profile Watcher

It's a bit.ly link, being used by the spammer for tracking purposes.

It redirects to this application:

Profile Watcher

A quick look at the bit.ly data reveals that its creator has created many other similar applications.

Gsoft's Public Timeline:


Over 200 thousand clicks!

Here's a thought, instead of just playing "Whac-A-Mole" with the Facebook applications, perhaps somebody over at Facebook should send bit.ly an abuse message and request that the entire gsoft account be suspended?

Hopefully the situation improves by Cyber Monday…