Like any major platform, Facebook has become home to its own set of spam artists causing trouble for fun and profit.
Now, spam artists are looking to franchise the Facebook spam business to the less tech-savvy. For $25, aspiring spammers can purchase Tinie's App, a Facebook toolkit that can be used to create customized Facebook spam programs.
Tinie's App offers full, step-by-step instructions on how to create and start a full-fledged Facebook spam campaign. If you don't know how to make an image or want a [sic] image to be designed, then you can purchase niche templates from our store, one image from the application reads.
A post at the Websense Security Lab's blog runs through the installation process for the toolkit, which can allow entrepreneurial scammers to create applications like Creeper Tracker Pro. Promising users the ability to discover the identities of friends who visit their pages most frequently, Creeper Tracker Pro's functionality is actually barred from Facebook. Not that the application actually works. Instead, users are lead to a Cost-Per-Action survey page, which, if filled out, nets the application developer a return of a few cents to a few dollars.
Facebook spam campaigns have been increasing in frequency as the platform's influence has expanded. In January, an effort at propagating the Koobface worm was spread via direct messages from compromised Facebook accounts. Social media users will also be vulnerable to spam and malicious data-stealing content, websense predicts.
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