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By 11 August 2010 | Categories: news

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Online security firm Sophos is warning computer users about a new survey scam that is spreading virally across Facebook. The attack involves a rogue application that automatically posts status updates and wall posts on affected user profiles with the following message:
 
"OMG, this is the biggest and scariest snake I have ever seen, check out this video [LINK REMOVED]"
 
The link takes users to a rogue Facebook application which tricks them into granting permission for the app to access their profile, list of friends and to be allowed to re-post the offending message as a status update and wall post. Once a user has granted access to the application, they are then directed to complete online surveys with the promise that only then can they see a video entitled "Anaconda Coughs Up An Entire Hippo!"
 
"This is one of the most bizarre scams seen on Facebook, but its purpose remains familiar - the rogue application sends spam to draw Facebook users into taking these surveys," says Brett Myroff, CEO of regional Sophos distributor, Sophos South Africa.
 
“Each time a victim completes a survey, the scammers make some commission. Even if you don't take the survey, the rogue application has already abused your Facebook account - changing your status message and spreading an advert for the alleged 'shocking video' to your news feed and spreading the scam even further."
 
This comes after yesterday's announcement that a similar social networking virus was plaguing the website. 

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