Few days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, on September 2015, in a Q&A session announced that the long awaited Facebook ‘Dislike Button’ will be implemented soon, scammers seized upon this opportunity in spreading phishing attacks and malware.
Soon after this, many users got the link inviting them to download the Facebook’s ‘ Dislike Button’, it says that it is “invite-only feature”. One of the most popular dislike button scam is titled as “Get newly introduced Facebook dislike button on your profile”. Once clicking on these links leads the victims to a malicious websites.
The ultimate goal of the scammer is to encourage users to share the link on their Facebook page. Once it is spread on Facebook, they asks you for your personal information and account credentials, or sometimes it downloads the malicious software causing further damage to the computer.
Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO said that, “We are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it.”
Computer security expert Graham Cluley showed this concern over this on his blog. “Scams like this trick you into liking pages, and sharing the link with your friends, using the bait of something alluring…in some cases they will even lead you to pricey premium rate mobile phone subscriptions, online surveys that generate the scammers income, or trick you into downloading malicious code onto your PC.”
And advised that, “Don’t be duped. If you’re a Facebook crack-addict then try to resist the urge of falling for the latest scam, and wait for Facebook to properly roll-out new features as and when they choose.”