General February 21st, 2009
LATEST UPDATE: There appears to be a new phishing scam on Facebook, please check out this post too.
Update, 7:21PM: Barely a couple of hours after I posted this, I already have gotten 4 16 54 a lot of Google searches about it. Also, the number of my infected Facebook friends has doubled. Please also digg this if you feel this information is useful so that it can reach a wider audience.
Warning: There’s a new spyware/malware/worm/malicious application called “Error Check System” (sometimes mispelled as “Error System Check” on Facebook. I came across an unusual notification recently while browsing Facebook (see picture on the right).
What errors could there possibily be in my profile? Perhaps my profile picture was too handsome? I quickly decided it could not be the case, because if it were, the error should have happened much earlier from the time I uploaded my first picture. Kidding.
But seriously. First off, the grammar was wrong. The word ‘Messages’ should have been pluralized, instead of ‘Errors’.
And also, what possible errors could there be with a profile?
And really…wouldn’t Facebook notify you of errors somewhere else besides the Notifications pane?
So I did some looking around to see if it was legit. Take note of the captions in red btw.
So anyway, I clicked ahead, and I saw this:
Curious, I checked out the application page. My guess was right, it definitely was not a legit/official Facebook application (captions added in red). The ‘Facebook Error Check System’ is not made by Facebook.
You’ll notice that the rogue app acts pretty fast. The same Facebook friends of mine who inadvertedly added the app are the same ones who appeared in the Notifications panel earlier.
I did a Google search to confirm my findings, and found that it was probably a very new malware application – there only seemed to be 6 results in total for “error check system” facebook app. One of the pages however, was useful and led me to this page on Yahoo Answers.
So whatever you do, do not add this application to your Facebook Apps!
Whatever you do, don’t add it. If you already have it, do remove it from your Facebook Applications list. While the effects are yet to be known, you definitely do not want a spyware app to have your profile information, photos, friends information, and other content.
Update 22 Feb 2009: Removal Instructions
1. You can see if the application has accidentally been installed by checking out the Facebook Edit Apps Page (make sure you’re logged in when you click that)
2. If it has, just get rid of it by clicking the ‘x’ on the right hand side of the application name.
3. Facebook will prompt a confirmation message. Then, click ‘Remove’
4. You’re done! It’s gone!
Update: 22 Feb, 4:10AM: There seems to be another site showing up quite high in the related google searches for this spyware app. And that site is a spyware site itself! and it will pretend to scan your computer – it will prompt you to install a malicious executable file (.exe program). It looks convincing, but it is not legit. DO NOT visit 2009022112.kajdoo.bee.pl/facebook_error_check_system.html , it is a SCAM!
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