Latest Facebook Hack Arises Between Comments on Your Contacts’ Posts-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
Posts about “the latest Facebook hack” warn users that hackers are posting offensive messages or pornography “between the comments” on contacts’ pages that appear to come from your account.
While it’s very possible for rogue apps or malware to post offensive comments under your name, we couldn’t find any instances of this so-called “latest Facebook hack” actually happening.
The post warns that hackers have been able to post offensive content between the comments on a contact’s post so that it appears to have come from your account. Even worse, the post warns, these offensive comments are impossible for you to see, which “can create hurt and misunderstandings” between you and your contacts.
Again, we couldn’t find any examples of that actually happening. It’s impossible for offensive content to be posted “between the comments” unless a rogue app or malware infect your Facebook account. And, while that’s a very real threat, it’s not a “new hack” at all.
Malware has been known to post content (including porn and offensive comments) with its victims’ accounts since the beginning of Facebook. Malware also tags its victims contacts in these posts to trick other people into clicking on links that will infect their devices with the same virus.
If you notice unauthorized posts or comments coming from your account, immediately click the “V” dropdown icon in the upper right hand corner and remove any friends that have been tagged. Then, delete the post and check your apps to locate the source of malware. Follow these steps to remove any suspicious applications. And, if you find malware installed on your device, run a full scan with an antivirus program using these helpful tips.