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Hackers have figured out how to create computer-generated Facebook profiles and are using them to trick unsuspecting users into installing malware, a security researcher warned Thursday. The fraudulent profiles display the same picture of a blond-haired, blue-eyed woman, but with slightly different names and birthdates, said …


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  1. ElReg!comments!Pierre

    Automated, shmotomated

    "There are enough of them that it's probably an indication of an automated attack," Thompson told The Reg. "I just can't see someone creating the same profile time after time after time."

    But can you see 10 people in India creating profiles all day for 5 bucks a day? Cause I sure can.

  2. Carter Cole

    if thats true recaptcha is broken

    if they are making new profiles with any kind of speed or volume it isnt humans filling in captcha and recaptcha has been broken

  3. Winkypop Silver badge

    Boy, was I worried....

    ...until I realised that it was just yet another fail-story about FailBook...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Anyone had 1 of these?

    I have someone, who I've not heard of, with no mutual friends, although some friends from the same area, talking in all mobile phone illiterate talk, asking me if I am from my home town. On replying that I was, a week or so later, she replies saying she is looking for <my display name> from my home town, again in mobile talk.

    I was highly doubtful before I read this article.. Just wondering if this the format of these approaches?

  5. BS
    Paris Hilton


    ``attackers have figured out how to crack the captcha Facebook uses [sic] to ensure profiles are created by humans, rather than computer scripts that automate the process so it can be carried out thousands of times."

    Attackers break captchas? Why not simply write a great porn site and require captchas-per-movie?

  6. Anonymous Coward

    Is it daily or just bi-weekly?

    That the Reg has a story about a serious flaw with some social nutworking site?

    Yes nutworking...

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Aye, breaking captchas is a waste of time. The Mechanical Turk accepts pay in boobies.

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