Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Beware: Rogue Facebook App
Puts Users at Risk of ID Theft

A recent article by Martha Neil on the online ABA Journal reports on a danger to Facebook users from rouge applications that can steal personal information:

The Facebook social networking site soared in popularity after it began allowing users to customize their profiles with mini-applications put together by outside developers.

But the change also made it easier for those with nefarious intentions to install rogue applications, reports Agence France-Presse. And seemingly innocuous material posted on a profile, such as photos of pets or close relatives, can provide information useful to identity thieves, including likely code words that might be used to obtain an e-mail for a "forgotten" password.

Once entry has been gained into a Facebook user's account under the latest "Koobface" worm variation, it steals the cookie needed for access into other personal accounts, such as MySpace, the news agency writes.

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