Facebook Dislike Button Scam Gets More Sophisticated [WARNING]


Facebook does not have a dislike button, but that hasn’t stopped spammers from trying to use it to scam users.

Online security firm Sophos rang the security alarm Monday with a post warning users about a scam that asks people to enable the dislike button.

Clicking it takes you to a page that asks you to copy and paste Javascript code into the address bar. Executing it activates the malicious code.

It looks like the bulk of the damage from the scam occurred during the weekend. Nobody on team Mashable has seen the scam, and there is no evidence of the scam on public status updates from the past 24 hours. (It’s important to note that Facebook search isn’t comprehensive, and the scam may have found a way to hide from public search results.)

This isn’t even the first time spammers have used the nonexistent Facebook dislike button to scam users, but this weekend’s attack seems to have been more sophisticated. Facebook’s new security tools likely limited the scam’s effects.

Were you or any of your friends hit by the Facebook dislike button scam? Share your stories in the comments.

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