NEWS - February 21, 2013
by Carol~ - 2/21/13 8:02 AM
Rogue Chrome extension racks up Facebook 'likes' for online bandits
Security researchers at Bitdefender have discovered a new phishing scam that installs a malicious extension in the Chrome web browser in order to turn Facebook 'likes' into cash for cyber crooks.
The exploit begins with a malicious link embedded in spam email, says Bogdan Botezatu, a senior e-threat analyst at Bitdefender. The link ushers you to the Chrome Web Store, where you download an extension for a "business" Flash player—assuming you're foolish enough to click on spam links.
"They can run as many campaigns as they want," Botezatu said in an interview. "All they have to do is fetch a new script."