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Facebook Dislike Button Up to Fishy Business
By: James Payne
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    2010-08-18

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    Security firm Sophos issues a warning about the latest Facebook scam, the Dislike Button.

    You see it all the time: a friend (or someone you are stalking) posts a link on their wall or a blurb of text that you disagree with - "Justin Beiber is really talented," for instance, or "Kate Hudson deserves an Oscar!!!"

    You quickly scan your options. You could post a retort back, but sometimes actions speak louder than words. If only there were some way to tell someone that you didn't like what they posted with a click of a button. Something similar to a "like" button, only entirely different altogether. Like, I don't know, a "dislike" button.

    Since Facebook's inception, people have been clamoring for a dislike button, only to be disappointed time and again. Recently it looked like some third party app genius had solved the problem, giving users a virtual thumbs-down, but alas, it was too good to be true.

    According to security firm Sophos, the "dislike button" app is a scam that lures users into filling out a survey and then spams their friends walls with links purporting to be from the infected user. At the moment, that appears to be the extent of its malicious intent. The company says the app seems to be a simple way for the company to make money by having users fill out surveys.

    You can see a screen shot, courtesy of the Sophos website below:

    To read more, visit the Sophos website here.


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