Facebook users are being warned not to install the “dislike” button which is now being spread virally across the social network.
This is a rogue application that will post spam messages across you and your friend’s wall. Some of these apps will also lure people into completing an online survey.
Graham Cluley of security firm Sophos said it was the latest in a series of “survey scams” that included links to a video purporting to show an anaconda vomiting up a hippo.
“One thing we commonly see is that the message starts ‘OMG, shocking video’,” he said.
“And they appear to come from your Facebook friend, giving it a ringing endorsement.”
The dislike button scam prompts people to download an application with the message: “Download the official DISLIKE button now.”
When users click on the link it prompts them to install a rogue application, which does not function as a dislike button.
Once a user has given it permission to access their profile, it updates the user’s page with a link and a message: “I just got the dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!!”
A spokesperson for Facebook said that the site had a “very quick process in place” to make sure that links and rogue applications were taken down quickly.To receive updates from WWNN.co.uk directly to your e-mail, you can subscribe to us for free by entering your e-mail address here and confirming your subscription by clicking the link that will be sent to your e-mail address.