Over 60,000 click on scam Facebook app which claims you can see who checked your profile

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Over 60,000 people have been hit in the past few hours on Facebook by a scam which claims that after installing an app called ePrivacy you can see who checked your profile. Needless to say the app does not work. Instead it just lets the scammer access your profile and post “OMG OMG OMG… I cant believe this actually works!” to your wall, with a link to the app, thus spreading it further.

Sophos is reporting that the application does not work and simply allows the makers to steal your private data and virally spread the app amongst your friends.

The best way to check you privacy settings and remove the app is to go to Account -> Privacy Settings -> Applications and Websites.

The scammers are simply playing on peoples desire to see who looks at them on Facebook – which rather makes me wonder why Facebook doesn’t just release an official app for this and keep the scammers out.

Facebook has been informed of the app.

  • http://www.twitter.com/chiefchimpanzee Darshan

    Is this list of at least 60,000 idiots available? I’d quite like to make sure I am not friends with any of them.

    • MysteryTroy

      Yeah, but to a marketer, that’s great. 60,000 people who will easily believe my marketing message!

      http://tech.rawsignal.com

      • http://www.twitter.com/chiefchimpanzee Darshan

        Why would you want to market to idiots? Only market great products to great people – then your client’s brand will succeed in the long run.

      • http://www.globalhotelreview.com Seth

        The idiots have internet access that clearly cost money so that idiots must have some money in the pocket too :) this is why they are marketing to idiots, also when you do this kind of apps to steal people info clearly you don’t build a brand and you’re after the quick buck

      • Marve

        Dude, stop with the link spamming.

    • http://www.glikm.com Maayan

      You should add TechCrunch to that list, since these have been around forever and have infested facebook forever, in the form both applications and groups.

      I seriously cant see why they wrote about it.

  • tatsuke2

    I love these apps. They show how and why people use Facebook: we like to snoop around people’s business.

    Almost every day I see someone in my profile who has tried to get this to work. They just don’t understand that the moment Facebook would allow something like this to work, activity would grind to a halt.

  • deepak

    this has been going on for more than a week. many of friends newfeed shows this and i was careful enough not to click on it cos I wasnt interested in this app anyways…

  • Joshua

    > The scammers are simply playing on peoples desire to
    > see who looks at them on Facebook – which rather
    > makes me wonder why Facebook doesn’t just release
    > an official app for this and keep the scammers out.

    Because privacy is important. Despite all that Facebook does to erode user privacy, you should be thankful that they prohibit this much.

  • VIBrunazo

    Orkut has an option that if checked, it let’s you see others who viewed your account. But only if they also have the option checked. Doesn’t facebook has anything similar to that?

    • http://www.sambajam.com Alessandro

      True. There is also a caveat, if you want to see who is viewing your profile, you need to allow others to see that you are viewing their profile.

      If you don’t check the box, then you cannot see who visited your profile and others will not see that you visited theirs.

      • http://writing.marcuscarab.com Marcus Carab

        That makes sense. If it was one-sided or automatic for everyone it would piss a lot of people off, and it would take all the casual-ness out of browsing facebook. Users would constantly be worried about what their friends might think while they surf profiles.

  • pheesayor

    this has been happening to me and friends for weeks now. It’s now not new anymore around here ….

  • http://rukshanblog.wordpress.com Rukshan

    I can’t believe most of my friends have fallen for this gig

  • anonymous

    For starters, I don’t consider it an invasion of privacy if Facebook did install this app. Who cares if someone finds out that you viewed their profile? How is that invading your privacy? I think that people who don’t want others to know that they have been viewing their profile feel this way because they probably stalk certain individuals on Facebook, and don’t want them to find out. Personally, I would like to know if somebody is paying more attention than necessary. It lets me know to stay away from them. Myspace has this feature, but you have the option to browse anonymously, so anyone could still be looking.

    • nate

      Let me guess.. you only have 50 friends on FB? I’ve got 250 (yes, I personally know all of them), and if I want to go down memory lane and check some photos of a grade school buddy I grew apart from – why should they be notified? Or what If I’m super stoked about that chick I went on a few dates with? I don’t want her to see I checked her profile 4 times yesterday.. that seems way too excited, and not at all calm & cool demeanor I put forward. Facebook is all about providing information to your friends and allowing them to see it without consequence. If there’s a consequence, FB’s usefulness falls apart.

  • http://spunkylm.co.uk Spunky

    Hardly a new thing though is it? I remember scams like this WAY back on myspace when it was first getting popular. Similar to the old MSN “block-checkers”, although they could actually do some damage. This seems completely harmless except that it is trying to spread as far wide as it can.

    I could make a website to see who has been on your profile, show a fake login page and see how many usernames and passwords I get despite the phishing warnings. This could all be a lot worse

  • Anil

    hmmm… only 60,000? people are becoming smarter…

  • http://eplsite.com Amit

    trust me i m one of those who tried this application

  • http://www.mmogamesvs.com/ Mikey

    If this list of at least 60,000 idiots is available I would like to buy it :))

    • cris

      Mikey, you got one above your post so now have to buy a 59999 idiots list!

  • http://www.faciespaces.com/2010/11/29/over-60000-click-on-scam-facebook-app-which-claims-you-can-see-who/ Over 60000 click on scam Facebook app which claims you can see who … – facie spaces

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  • The Arkady

    You’re just quoting the 60.000 three days after Graham’s original posting? Learn to do some actual research on top of copying other blogs.

    Coming up with a number well beyond 250.000 is trivial. With some real work, you’d be surprised.

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  • iamnotpretending

    This should be how we weed out the rejects from society. You click on this link, you get this virus, you get put in a fucking wood chipper. Darwinism – Meet Facebook Virusism.

  • http://eileenbrown.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/facebook-just-click-to-spread-the-worm/ Facebook: just click to spread the worm « Eileen's Social Technology blog

    […] buddy Zack has an excellent post on the latest Facebook worm to infest Facebook users which, as Mike Butcher reports, claims to show you who has viewed your profile.  According to Sophos, almost 60,000 people […]

  • Nick

    I have a hard time believing that the author has any familiarity with Facebook. Anyone with more than a handful of “friends” will tell you that these bogus apps have been commonplace for a long time. A new one will show up in your news feed every week. Just do a search of WHO YOUR PROFILE on Facebook and you’ll probably find hundreds of similar pages.

    What makes this one so newsworthy?

  • http://overheadinprovidence.com EERac

    Jesus, what’s with everyone calling 60,000 people who clicked on a link “idiots”. We’ve all seen tons of similar scams/viruses, and at this point I’m sure millions of people have clicked on at least one of them. What’s more, clicking on stuff is what your *supposed* to do on the internet. There’s no reason a typical internet user should need to anticipate something bad happening simply because they click on something (particularly on a reputable, extremely popular website). The failure here lies with Facebook.

    Meanwhile, given Facebook’s ongoing trend of whittling away privacy, it hardly insane to think that such an app might one day exist. I definitely don’t think it’d be a good idea, but that doesn’t mean everyone using facebook should be expected to automatically reason that it’s impossible.

    • iamnotpretending

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  • roso

    See example of link they use http://www.iownallnow.net/lander.php/

  • sourabh behra

    I still remembered that 4 years back I was having a conversation with someone who was from facebook and I asked him about such app, his answer was NO, facebook will never have such apps.

    • http://score.ly/ Elizabeth Fuller

      Indeed,

      Last time I checked, the Facebook Developers Principals and Policies:

      “You must not track visits to a user’s profile, or estimate the number of such visits, whether aggregated anonymously or identified individually”

  • http://score.ly/ Elizabeth Fuller

    It’s simply the logical extension of all those “Someone is looking for you” sidebar adds and is certainly not the first app to abuse the naiveté of users to get them to grant access to an app without considering the limitations both for the app being hosted (in terms of what is allowed by Facebook) and their security (in therms of what is compromised).

    Reading the policies for developers on Facebook, it explicitly tells you that reporting who is visiting your page is actually not allowed. Having that kind of exposure would fundamentally change the use on Facebook. (Certainly no more looking up an Ex and vetting strangers).

    Honestly, if my navigation habits became that overtly transparent, that would be the final straw for me to commit “social media suicide” and find some new service.

  • Mike 'The' Butcher

    Hey Mike, Thank you for this critical update… I nearly clicked on it… When it comes to EU tech you really are on the cutting edge…

    WAKE THE FUCK UP MAN and dig out something of interest for once.

  • Carol

    Well, Orkut (Google social network big in Brazil and India) Gives you the option of letting people know that you had visit other profiles and receive the same info from friends who opted the same and visited yours.

    At first i thought it was what was missing, but later it showed to be a huge turn down when navigating through the network. I believe in the long run its not good for Facebook, and they will never do it for real.

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