Don’t fall for this Facebook Exploit

So this evening I came across a nicely performed combination of social engineering, phishing, and coding. I was on facebook and noticed that a friend posted something on my wall. On first look it appeared to be a link to the video “charlie bit me”, a popular meme from several months ago.

The link brings you to a profile note which looks like this:

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WordPress/Mediatemple Exploit

Recently a large number of web sites were compromised in a subtle redirection attack. By some unknown means the attacker gains access to your wordpress database and inserts some javascript into the end of all your posts. This code will load from an external site, and on the first load, set a cookie, then redirect to a “virus” phishing site which attempts to install malicious software on the user’s computer.

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Hacker Folklore

Author Unknown

This file contains several legends and fables that illuminate the
meaning of various entries in the lexicon.

The Meaning of `Hack’
“The word {hack} doesn’t really have 69 different meanings”, according
to MIT hacker Phil Agre. “In fact, {hack} has only one meaning, an
extremely subtle and profound one which defies articulation. Which
connotation is implied by a given use of the word depends in similarly
profound ways on the context. Similar remarks apply to a couple of
other hacker words, most notably {random}.”

Hacking might be characterized as `an appropriate application of
ingenuity’. Whether the result is a quick-and-dirty patchwork job or a
carefully crafted work of art, you have to admire the cleverness that
went into it.

An important secondary meaning of {hack} is `a creative practical joke’.
This kind of hack is easier to explain to non-hackers than the
programming kind. Of course, some hacks have both natures; see the
lexicon entries for {pseudo} and {kgbvax}. But here are some examples
of pure practical jokes that illustrate the hacking spirit:

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