tech2 News StaffAug 09, 2014 16:12:25 IST
One of the oldest scams around Facebook is back and in the form of an app that promises to allow users to change the colour scheme of their profile page. It's actually just a scam that eventually installs malware on your computer and then spreads it to other PCs in the network.
Facebook has always been blue, so we can understand that people want to change the colour scheme of the UI, just like Twitter automatically changes it from profile to profile. It supposedly lets you pick from nine different colours. However, a Chinese internet security company Cheeta Mobile found that it in fact just downloads malicious software, compromising the account and computer.
Cheeta said that viruses and malware can easily be package in the form of applications on Facebook, which users are all too quick to click on. According to the company, the vulnerability exploited is seen in Facebook's app page itself, which allows hackers to implant code into Facebook-based applications directing users to phishing sites.
The colour changer app lures users with a tutorial video, which allows attackers access to all user data including photos, friend lists and personal messages. A message also appears alerting users that they have a virus, and offers free anti-virus software, which is in fact just a malicious software.
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