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Miscreants have recently begun peppering Facebook with a variety of new phishing scams with sex, sex, sex and more sex featuring prominently.

One example involves a fake customer dispute application page, since pulled, that appeared to have a valid Facebook URL.

The content was actually hosted by Ripway hosting, a service that's often used and abused by script kiddies, according to Chris Boyd of IM security firm FaceTime.

Boyd told El Reg that no Facebook application was involved in the scam, just a valid Facebook app URL and the Ripway hosted scam page.

"It seems someone set up an application developer account with Facebook, placed a fake 'customer dispute page' onto their Ripway hosting, which they were somehow able to post onto their Application page and start directing Facebook users to it," Boyd added.

A write-up of the threat (now neutralised) can be found in a blog posting here.

Another Facebook phishing threat discovered over the weekend involves messages and a rogue Facebook application. The 'sex sex sex and more sex!!!' app is sending out notifications that attempt to direct prospective marks to a credential harvesting site.

Ne'er-do-wells have taken steps to disguise the location users are directed towards, explains Rik Ferguson, a security researcher at Trend Micro.

"The hyperlinks in the notification both lead to a malicious website hosted on the fucabook.com domain," Ferguson explains. "The server at fucabook.com loads up a JavaScript before immediately using HTTP meta refreshtags to pull up the real Facebook website and prompting the victim for their login credentials."

Harvesting credentials is not entirely new and often not an end in itself. Compromised accounts can be used to send spam or distribute perhaps more pernicious scams. The fact that many people use the same credentials on multiple websites opens up the means for hackers to break into webmail accounts. From there, they can find out what online banking or ecommerce accounts a prospective mark holds, before attempting to break into those accounts. ®

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