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daveime (1253762) writes "Earlier today my wife saw a video posted on her Facebook, that had been recommended to her by one of her friends. It's of a girl in a short skirt with the caption "[your name], this is without doubt the sexiest video"...
After clicking on it, she was presented with a page asking her to allow full permissions to her data and friends lists. As you may already be realizing, it is not in fact a video at all, but a Facebook Application. Like many other innocent souls, she clicked on the Allow button. Five minutes later, every one of her friends had been spammed with the same post on their walls, only the names had been changed.
When I saw this, I promptly recognized a very nice bit of social engineering, a sexy video apparently sent to you by one of your friends, you really want to watch and blindly click the Allow button without thinking. Boom, the Application designer now has all your personal info, and a list of all your friends to spam and harvest from also. It's been reported to Facebook, and it remains to be seen how long the Application stays active.
The speed this thing has spread in just a couple of hours is amazing, and comes only one day after Facebook announced their "sitdown" meeting regarding privacy issues.
While my personal stance on Facebook has not changed i.e. don't post anything publicly you don't wish to be public, this new viral aspect has me wondering (a) why it has taken so long, the tools have been there since the outset, and (b) could this signal the beginning-of-the-end for Facebook, as more and more Viral Applications start to appear ?" Link to Original Source