Posted by: David Harley | February 3, 2012

Fair-weather Facebook Friends

Next week I’m talking to a gathering of senior policemen et al about PC support scams and, among other things, how those unpleasant “you need to pay us to clean your viruses” phone calls are bolstered by flaky Facebook pages with screenfuls of recommendations and testimonials.

This article by Kelly Jackson Higgins is very much to the same point – How To Spot A Fake Facebook Profile – though it’s likely to be useful in many other contexts, not just support scams. (More about support scams later, soon, though.)

It’s based on research by Barracuda Networks, by the way, as discussed at the Kaspersky Lab Security Analyst Summit 2012, which is apparently happening now.

David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
Small Blue-Green World/AVIEN
ESET Senior Research Fellow

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