New Facebook "Likejacking" Scheme - Baby Born Video
There are plenty of ways to go viral on Facebook. "Like-Jacking" is one of the more pervasive and disgusting ones.
According to computer and Internet security website Sophos, a new embedded video is spreading around Facebook like wildfire. The only problem? It's not a video, and if you click to watch it, you'll be spreading the like-jacking to others.
The video in question has a status update with a title such as "Baby Born Amazing Effects," and from the embedded thumbnail associated with the video, it would appear that should you choose to click on it, you'll get to see a baby being born.
Um, yuck. Don't click, my friends.
Those unfortunate few who thought they were going to witness the miracle of life, actually will be taken to a page that promises to show the video, if you simply click somewhere on the page.
Clicking, of course, "Likes" the page, which then sends another embedded video status update for all of your friends to click on and spread some more.
Hence, the term "Like-Jacking..."
If you've fallen victim, there are a number of steps you'll need to cover, according to Sophos' page on this particular scam.
First, delete the status update from your wall, so none of your friends are tempted to click on it. Then visit the pages you've "Liked" in your Profile settings, go to Activities and Interests, and delete this page from your "Likes, so nobody accidentally comes across it later.
Click safely, my friends! If you continue to have problems with this particular Like-Jacking scheme, leave your comments below!
Images courtesy Sophos