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Stopping a Big Facebook Spam Campaign


While poking around in our shady-traffic logs Wednesday, I found a network big enough to be worthy of a blog post.

It's what we usually call a "spam/scam" network, although the spam aspect is a bit different, being based on Facebook rather than e-mail. Here's a sample page from Facebook:

screenshot of sample Facebook spam/scam page

The high number of "Likes" makes me suspect that the Bad Guys are using bots (or hacked accounts — same thing) to inflate their popularity a bit…

Anyway, our logs show that quite a few are people clicking on those links…
…and its "sibling sites" (courtesy of WebPulse's "SeeMore" big-data tool):

We've seen over 1300 of these URLs in the core WebPulse logs in the last week. And there are over 30 servers in this network, which made it a perfect snack to feed to our Spamnet Tracker.


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