Facebook Dislike button is a fake, online security expert Sophos warns

By on May 16, 2011 in Internet, Technology, World Comments

Facebook Dislike button, which is currently spreading is a fake and is likely to lead unsuspecting users to a scam, according to a warning by online security experts.

Facebook Dislike button

Alleged Facebook Dislike button
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As reported by Sophos‘ senior technology consultant Graham Cluley on Monday, May 16, 2011, a fake Facebook Dislike button is being widely spread and has caused problems for Facebook this weekend.

Apparently, the message “Facebook now has a dislike button! Click ‘Enable Dislike Button’ to turn on the new feature!” was said to be created to fool Facebook users.

As shown here in the photo posted at Sophos‘ blog, “Step 1” requests Facebook users to copy-paste a JavaScript into their browser’s address bar, with “Step 2” to hit Enter but was said to be leading to a scam survey.

“The fact that the “Enable Dislike Button” link does not appear in the main part of the message, but lower down alongside “Link” and “Comment”, is likely to fool some users into believing that it is genuine.” Graham Cluley wrote on the post.

“Clicking on the link, however, will not only forward the fake message about the so-called “Fakebook Dislike button” to all of your online friends by posting it to your profile, but also run obfuscated Javascript on your computer.” Cluley added.

Nevertheless, Sophos cleared that there is no such thing as “Facebook Dislike button” and noted that Facebook will unlikely create one.

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