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Thanks to Matthew for sending this one over.

There’s a nasty round of Facebook app pages dabbling in Javascript shenanigans to spam Acai Berry diet pages on your profile walls. Simply visiting these pages while logged in is enough to post some spam, most of the pages involved promising (surprise, surprise) a video to watch:

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If you try to navigate away from the above app page, a message will pop up claiming you’re about to “corrupt the Flash install”. Total nonsense, but it’s just enough to result in something like the below being posted to your profile:

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“I am living proof that this works”, claims the “facebook sponsored weight loss product”. No sign of anyone yelling “Beefcake, Beefcake” but let’s dispense with the South Park references and see where the spam link leads to:

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Oh look, a fake news site touting logos from various news sources. Needless to say, you don’t want to be handing over any money for the above. Though the code in the below screenshot may look like a load of tech related jibber-jabber, you can still see many pieces of text used for the various spam messages:

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Spam messages will also be sent out in both wall postings and facebook chat that look like this:

“Hey, What the hell are you doing in this video? Is this dancing or what?? Bahahah”

You can see that in the above screenshot, too (look near the bottom of the code). If you don’t want to strain your eyes, here it is in action:

There appears to be one main domain for this, franebook(dot)com (although it’s currently serving up 404 errors) and many of the related application pages also appear to have been taken down by facebook. apps(dot)facebook(dot)com/bergamoleyra/ and apps(dot)facebook(dot)com/hellenismkpmga/ are both giving “page not found” messages, although there seems to be a number of app pages still live and redirecting to the Acai berry spam sites.

As always, be careful what you’re clicking on in facebook – random messages promising junk will usually give you just that (and perhaps a little more besides).

Christopher Boyd