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Facebook says it will pursue legal action against attacker

The use of social networking websites is skyrocketing. At first, social networking was mostly the realm of college students and teens looking to stay connected with friends. Social networks like Facebook have now been adopted as tools for business and users of all ages access the site.

Recently, the Pentagon even started to make use of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to help attract recruits for military service. With the skyrocketing success of Facebook, it's no surprise that success has led to undesirable elements being attracted to the website as well.

Last week Facebook was besieged by phishing attacks from a website called The nefarious attack delivered messages to a Facebook friends list telling the users to check out a link. The link led to a fake Facebook page where users were tricked into entering their Facebook username and password.

Facebook says that is has now taken steps to stop the phishing attacks and to prevent users from accessing the website. Facebook says that it has given the site URL to MarkMonitor, a service that Facebook uses for security and around the clock monitoring and prevention of attacks on its network.

Facebook threat analyst Ryan McGeehan said, "Our deep commitment to the safety of our users requires a strong proactive security strategy, best-of-breed technology, and active engagement with industry leaders. MarkMonitor demonstrated that it understood the complexity of the phishing issue we were facing, so it was a natural next step for us to bolster our own security systems with their anti-malware solution."

Facebook says that it intends to pursue legal action against the owners of and that Facebook employees are resetting the passwords of users that were affected by the phishing attacks.

MarkMonitor CMO Frederick Felman said, "The meteoric success of Facebook makes it a natural target for malware attacks that seek to capitalize on their trusted and recognizable brand. Our experience protecting Fortune 500 companies, as well as our close day-to-day interaction with Facebook's own dedicated security team, allows us to expertly address Facebook's concerns about malware and phishing, and to help protect their platform and their users from ongoing attacks."

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By bplewis24 on 5/4/2009 11:26:11 AM , Rating: 3
The nefarious attack delivered messages to a Facebook friends list telling the users to check out a link. The link led to a fake Facebook page where users were tricked into entering their Facebook username and password.

Geez, people (who use facebook) still fall for this?


RE: Tricked?
By jamesbond007 on 5/4/2009 11:57:31 AM , Rating: 5
Most of the users on the entire Internet still fall for phishing attempts like this. It's not news, it's a shame.

RE: Tricked?
By quiksilvr on 5/4/2009 2:23:02 PM , Rating: 2
Electronic Darwinism.

RE: Tricked?
By maverick85wd on 5/4/2009 3:44:41 PM , Rating: 5
clearly these people need to switch to a Mac, since it's superior security would protect them from any malicious links

sorry, couldn't resist :)

RE: Tricked?
By spuddyt on 5/4/2009 12:18:22 PM , Rating: 2
I think I know plenty of people who would fall for that - assuming the phony webpage was made to look very convincing what have they got (assuming they are ignorant to what a phishing attack is) to tell them it is a scam?

RE: Tricked?
By borismkv on 5/4/2009 1:25:27 PM , Rating: 2
Well, the address bar is usually a freakin clue.

RE: Tricked?
By leexgx on 5/4/2009 3:02:34 PM , Rating: 3
with IE8 it grays out all but the domain address < is norm black and the other part of the link is gray untill you hover over it then it all goes back to all black font untill you move your mouse off it, even firefox and opera do not do this yet

RE: Tricked?
By HeelyJoe on 5/4/2009 4:36:20 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe because it's absolutely useless?

RE: Tricked?
By Jackattak on 5/4/2009 6:29:11 PM , Rating: 1

RE: Tricked?
By Motoman on 5/4/2009 4:23:17 PM , Rating: 2
...presuming you're one of the 1% of all internet users who has any idea what a URL is, and/or what it should look like.

RE: Tricked?
By bplewis24 on 5/7/2009 2:43:52 PM , Rating: 2


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