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WARNING: “Web Cam Suicide” Photo Tag Exploit

We woke up this morning to a Facebook news feed filled with our friends being tagged in the picture of a young girl from [insert a random country here] that “KILLED herself in front of a web cam.” Included in the message is a link that’s supposed to let you watch the horrible video. Apparently, people want to view that sick (and fortunately unexisting) video because that’s how this photo tag exploit spreads; through people clicking the link and authorizing a rogue application to spam friends with the fake news item and ultimately distribute the malware across Facebook.

Web Cam Suicide Facebook Hoax

Facebook is on the scam and actively removing it. However, there are multiple applications and many variations of the message (INSANE! HORRIBLE!), including different pictures of girls. So if you come across one of these messages or if you’re being tagged yourself, simply remove the tag in the photo and remove the item from your profile. Then just stay tuned until Facebook deletes the photo, but whatever you do, don’t click the link.

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WARNING: “Web Cam Suicide” Photo Tag Exploit Posted by on April 18, 2011 at 8:07 PM. Use this trackback if you're linking this story.

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