Virus in a link: DOJ asks Facebook to stop new phishing modus
The Department of Justice-Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OOC) said on Wednesday (April 21) it has asked Facebook to act on the malicious tagging take place in the social media platform.

Virus in a link: DOJ asks Facebook to stop new phishing modus

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The Department of Justice-Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OOC) said on Wednesday (April 21) it has asked Facebook to act on the malicious tagging take place in the social media platform.

The DOJ-OOC said in a public advisory that it made the move after learning that “a number of Facebook account users are tagged in a post containing a link to a lewd video and when they access the said link, the user will be asked to install an apparent update to a player in order to watch the video in full.”

“Please be informed that as of this writing, the DOJ-OOC has directly raised this matter to the APAC Legal Law Enforcement Outreach of Facebook for their appropriate action,” it said.

“Introduction or transmission of viruses, such as malwares, to and interference in the functioning of computer systems are prohibited acts under Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012,” it added.

The DOJ-OOC explained that when the link in the tag is clicked “it will result in the automatic and random tagging in the same post of other Facebook account users.”

“If you happen to get a notification tagging you in a post that contains a link to an apparent adult content, DO NOT CLICK ANY FURTHER AND REPORT THE POST,” it advised the public.

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