2012 Doomsday Confirmed by NASA Facebook Video Scam

A new video scam message is circulating around the social networking giant Facebook, taking advantage of users curiosity who have been searching for an answer to the question – if the World is going to end in 2012 or not. The video scam message indicates that NASA has confirmed the 2012 doomsday and the World is going to come to an end.

The scam is spreading with the title – “2012 DOOMSDAY CONFIRMED: NASA WARNS BE PREPARED!!(LEAKED VIDEO)..NO SURVEY’S!!” and message – “Know what to expect after seeing this leaked NASA video..NO SURVEY’S!!”

2012 Doomsday Confirmed by NASA - Facebook Scam

Please be cautious that this is a scam message and there is no such confirmation report from NASA about the world coming to an end. The scammer who has created this message is taking advantage of users’ curiosity of the question – will the world come to an end in 2012 or not?

Clicking the scam message link will take you to a page that is designed to look like a Facebook page. The page consists of a fake video player along with the Facebook Comment Box. Clicking on the “Play” button will ring the Facebook Share button, and asks the viewer to share the message before viewing the video. However, even after sharing the message, there is no video shown. In fact, you will be redirected to another bogus page.

2012 Doomsday Confirmed by NASA - Facebook Scam

Clicking such scam messages will automatically like-jack and click-jack your Facebook account without your knowledge. Sometimes, it may lead you to download malicious files into your computer that might enable scammers to access all your credentials including credit card details and email id.

In most cases, after clickjacking and likejacking your Facebook account, you will be directed to a survey page where the scammer promises to show you the video/image after completing the survey. However, there will be no video/image shown after you have completed the survey, since they’re all a fake.

It is recommended that you DO NOT click any links on such scam messages. The best way to deal with this is to ignore it or delete/remove it from your Facebook wall. To remove a post from your Facebook wall, just click on the “X” mark on the top-right corner of the post. You may also want to Mark it as spam, so that your friends and other Facebookers are not affected.

Here’s an article on Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams.  We have also compiled a list of Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook for you to look through and avoid.

Google Celebrates French Photographer Robert Doisneau’s 100th Birthday

Google today is celebrating the French photographer – Robert Doisneau’s 100th birthday by featuring a monochrome Google Doodle on its homepage. The doodle consists of four photographs on Robert Doisneau in which the letters ‘Google’ are incorporated.

Robert Doisneau was a French photographer, born on 14 April 1912 in Gentilly, Val-de-Marne, Paris. Doisneau is greatly renowned for this 1950 image Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville), a photo of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris.

He is best known for his skills in Street Photography and also the playful images in everyday French life. Doisneau has not only photographed, but also published over twenty books, which comprised of several charming pictures of personal moments in the lives of individuals in Paris.

Robert Doisneau's 100th Birthday Google Doodle

He was just a 16-year-old when he showed interest in Photography and took up amateur photography. He began working at Atelier Ullmann (Ullmann Studio), a creative graphics studio, and helped out as a camera assistant. In 1931, he voluntarily quit his job and took up a job as an assistant with photographer André Vigneau. In the year 1932, he sold his first photo story to Excelsior magazine.

Later on, he was hired as an industrial advertising photographer by Renault. At the same time he started showing interest in working with photography and people. However, he was fired in 1939 for being constantly late, and was forced to take up freelance advertising and postcard photography to earn his living.

He won several awards throughout his life, including:

  • Balzac Prize in 1986 (Honoré de Balzac)
  • Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1983
  • Niépce Prize in 1956 (Nicéphore Niépce)
  • Kodak Prize in 1947
Robert Doisneau 1943 Photograph

Apart from that, he made a short film – “Le Paris de Robert Doisneau” in 1973. Doisneau’s photographs were popular among the people of Paris. Many of his photos from the end of World War II through the 1950s have been used to print calendars and postcards, and also have become icons of French life.

Doisneau married Pierrette Chaumaison in the year 1936, and had two daughters Annette and Francine. Pierrette was suffering from the infamous Alzheimer disease and died in 1993. Six months later, Doisneau died having a triple heart bypass and suffering from acute pancreatitis.

Android Users, Beware of Fake Infected Versions of Angry Birds Space

Angry Birds Space, the latest version of the popular Angry Birds game was released and made available for download on March 22. Just three days after its launch, the latest addition of the game was downloaded over 10 million time worldwide.

With such an overwhelming response from Angry Birds fans, hackers decided to take advantage of it by releasing a fake version of the Angry Birds Space infected with a Trojan horse virus in it. The new virus identified as Andr/KongFu-L is masking itself as the popular Angry Birds Space game for Android.

The virus was first identified by security researchers, Sophos and Graham Cluley, security expert and researcher at Sophos, noted Android users about it in a blog post stating that they had discovered fake versions of the game on unofficial app stores.

SophosLabs recently encountered malware-infected editions of the “Angry Birds Space” game which have been placed in unofficial Android app stores.

Fake Angry Birds Space

The fake version of the game consists of a Trojan horse virus in a file called Andr/KongFu-L, which appears to be a fully-functional version of the popular smartphone game, but uses the GingerBreak exploit to gain root access to the device, and install malicious code.

It has the following aliases –

  • HEUR:Backdoor.AndroidOS.KungFu.a
  • Backdoor.AndroidOS.KungFu.kg

Once the fake application is installed, hackers can easily go on to send instructions to the device to visit some URLs from the default browser of the device and go on to take advantage of this.  That is, the Trojan is designed to communicate with a remote website in an attempt to download and install further malware onto the compromised Android smartphone.

Also Read: Angry Birds on Facebook

At this point, there is no fix available to infected users. However, all Android users are asked to be careful while downloading games and application to their devices. Angry Birds Space is available for download at Google Play, Google’s Android app store. Rovio also warned Android users about this fake version of the game in a blog post, and insisted them to download the new game from their official store.

Facebook Timeline Plus – Fake Facebook Application

Facebook announced the new Timeline feature last year and ever since, there have been a number of scam messages that are spreading related to the new profile layout. One of the most popularly spreading scam messages is the Disable or Remove Facebook Timeline, which promises to show users a trick to disable the new Facebook Timeline.

Despite Facebook making several attempts in warning users not to click on suspicious links, or install rogue applications, the effort seems to be useless. A new rogue application on Facebook – Facebook Timeline Plus – has been spreading like wildfire for a while. It promises users to check the statistics on who has viewed their Timeline/profile, and also providing them with “advance” privacy settings.

The following message and the image has been spreading for a while now –

Cool!!! This is the best update Facebook has ever made! You can now Design your own Timeline! Easy to use Timeline designer on TIMELINE PLUS Try it here>>>

Facebook Timeline Plus

There are several users on Facebook who are quite eager to know who viewed their profile or Timeline, but there isn’t any such feature where they view this statistics. It is very clear that the above application is a bogus. Facebook has not rolled out viewer statistics, advance privacy settings, or new timeline color palette features.

Even if Facebook plans to roll out these features, which they will not, the company will make an official announcement about it on its blog and all users will be notified about it; just like how the news about Facebook acquiring Instagram was announced few days back.

Also Read: Finding Ways to Disable the Timeline? Unfortunately Facebook Doesn’t Let You Do That

Apps like “Facebook Timeline Plus” are created by scammers who try to trick users and steal personal and financial information. Users are also directed to online survey sites and are asked to answer them. Sometimes, they are also prompted to download file, which can be harmful to their computer, such as a malware program.

It also recommended that avoid installing apps that are not from a genuine developer. If in case you have already installed this app, then make sure you remove the app from your Facebook account immediately.

With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scams and spam messages. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated scams page on Facebook – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

Google Plus Gets a Major Redesign

This morning, Google announced in a blog post that its social networking site Google+ has now reached a new mark with 170 million registered members and that they are also rolling out a new design over the next few days. The new Google Plus design looks simple enough and quite user friendly. The redesign of Google+ might have triggered due to the fact that users on Google+ have spent very less time in the past despite the social network having a good user base.

“We think you’ll find it easier to use and nicer to look at, but most importantly, it accelerates our efforts to create a simpler, more beautiful Google,” says Vic Gundotra, in a post on Google+.

According to Google, the new design is more functional and flexible. One of the biggest changes to the website is the completely revamped navigation bar, which Google refers to as “dynamic ribbon.” The navigation bar is placed on the left side of the site, and contains the application buttons, including profile page link and photos. On the right, there is the Google chat box with a list of online users, and a “Start a hangout” button on top of the chat box.

Google Plus Redesign

With the navigation ribbon –

  • You can drag apps up or down to create the order you want
  • You can hover over certain apps to reveal a set of quick actions
  • You can show or hide apps by moving them in and out of “More”

The redesign includes larger photos within a Google Plus user’s content stream, quite similar to the Facebook’s Timeline feature.  It also includes a much larger landscape photo at the top of the user’s profile page, which is called as the “cover photo”, and resembles to the cover photo feature of Facebook.

The following video uploaded by Google shows how you can customize the profile page of your Google Plus account –

There’s also a new section for Hangouts (video chats), which you can use to discover new Hangouts to join. It features popular or public Hangouts that are worth checking out, and also features an automatically updated list consisting of Hangout invitations that you can accept.

The new Google Plus design will be available to all users over the next few days. Overall, the new design looks great and I instantly fell in love with it. However, it looks like a layout copied from Facebook, but that shouldn’t be a problem. It was expected that Google Plus had around 195 million profile including 25 million inactive profiles. However, the actual numbers have now been released, and with 170 million users, Google now expects that its users would stick around to Google Plus for longer time and explore the several new features.

Check out the demonstration videos below and let us know what you think.

Twitter Attempts to Shut Down Spammers, Spam Tools

Everybody is tired of Twitter spam. That includes Twitter as well. With spammers increasing day-by-day on Twitter, the micro blogging service has finally decided to take tough actions against spammers by bringing down their tools which are used to send spam tweets across the network.

The micro blogging site on Thursday filed a case against spammers to a US federal court in its latest effort to stop spammers from misusing the worldwide one-to-many text messaging service. The company has sued five spammers that make spam tools in an attempt to stop spam tweets.

“By shutting down tool providers, we will prevent other spammers from having these services at their disposal. Further, we hope the suit acts as a deterrent to other spammers, demonstrating the strength of our commitment to keep them off Twitter,” Twitter wrote in a blog post.

Twitter Anti-Spam Lawsuit

The suit names five culprits: TweetAttacks, TweetAdder, TweetBuddy, James Lucero and Garland Harris, which are to be claimed as the biggest crooks behind the Twitter spam. The company also argues that they are the ones who fill the service with fake profiles and unwanted @ messages.

This is perhaps a good move by Twitter. By shutting down these tools, it will prevent spammers from bombarding the site with spam messages. Also, this suit will act as a warning to other spammers and prevent them from going ahead and spam the network.

According to Twitter, it is said that the site is growing at a record pace, with 140 million active users and more than 340 million text messages, or “tweets,” are sent daily. However, Twitter claims that the spam tweets are a small fraction of the “incredible” content that can be found on the site, yet it is trying to eradicate the small fraction of spam tweets in order to provide a spam-free service.

Twitter already has an algorithmic solution that helps in scanning for behavioral cues. The solution also helps in identifying those tweets that are sent by spam-bots. Earlier in January, Twitter acquired the security firm Dasient, a company that leads in the prevention of “malvertising.” For example, earlier this week, Twitter introduced new anti-spam measures within the site to identify and suspend a new type of @ mention spam. Additionally, the site now uses link shortener tool (t.co) to analyze whether a tweeted link leads to malware or malicious content. This way, Twitter can help prevent its users from visiting any malicious links.

For the time being, we will see no Viagra ads, virus-ridden links, or fake offers and discounts on gadgets. Peace.

Facebook to List on NASDAQ with Ticker Symbol “FB”

Reports coming in state that the social netwoking giant Facebook, which is going to offer its shares publicly this year, has reportedly chosen NASDAQ over the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) for its listing. It is said that the company will trade under the ticker symbol “FB.”

The reports also said that getting a company like Facebook on the list is a “significant coup” for NASDAQ, which has been “embroiled in a battle with the New York Stock Exchange for the darlings of Silicon Valley”. Shares of the NASDAQ OMX Group rose by 1 percent on Thursday to close at $25.52. Shares of NYSE Euronext fell about the same to close at $28.31.

NASDAQ houses large tech companies like Apple, Google, HP, and now Facebook. Facebook filed for its IPO on February 1st with the SEC, the same time when the social networking giant celebrated its 8th anniversary. Facebook is currently expected to go public in May, in what will be one of the biggest Internet IPOs of all time. It aims to raise close to $5 billion, in order to provide an exit to its existing shareholders, and get more cash to fuel its expansion spree.

Also Read: Facebook IPO: Here’s What You Need to Know

The company is facing an increasing number of profile cases of user privacy infringement. Apart from that, due to the on-going recessions, the company fears that it would be undervalued which is the main reason why the company has delayed its offerings. However, the social networking giant is trying to increase the business side of the site. Last year, the total revenue was around $3.7 billion while the net income was nearly $1 billion.

It is expected to be the largest NASDAQ IPO since Google’s offering in 2004. Google raised $1.7 billion from its offering, and if Facebook’s valuations are correct, it would then become the largest NASDAQ offering putting the company at an estimated worth of $100 billion and also making it one of the most valuable company in the world alongside Apple and Google.

Also Read: Facebook Valuation Jumps to $102.8 Billion in Last Auction Before IPO

Which Celebrity You Look Alike? Facebook Scam

There is a new scam message that is spreading like wildfire on Facebook. The new scam is a Facebook app that asks users to install it in order to check as to which celebrity the user resembles to. This is a rouge application and a survey scam, which could gather your personal information and misuse it.

The scam message is spreading with the title – “Which Celebrity you look alike?” followed by a link to the Facebook app. You will also see an image of a celebrity along with the user’s profile photo showing the similarity between the two. Well, even if there is no resemblance between the two, the app randomly shows a picture of celebrity.

Which Celebrity you look alike? Facebook Scam

Installing the app will provide access to the developer of this application to all your personal information and contact details. The application will be able to post to Facebook as you. This will allow them to spam their scam messages to all of your friends. This scam also tags your friends in the Wall Post without your knowledge.

Further ahead, after having the app installed, you will be redirected to a bogus page where you will be presented with a set of online surveys. It is highly recommended that you avoid answering these surveys as they yield you nothing.

Which Celebrity you look alike?

It also recommended that avoid installing apps that not from a genuine developer. If in case you have already installed this app, then make sure you remove the app from your Facebook account immediately.

With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scams and spam messages. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated scams page on Facebook – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

Tumblr Integrates Facebook Timeline, News Feed, and Ticker

Sharing posts to Facebook via Tumblr is now a “billion times” easier as Tumblr has announced its integration with Facebook Timeline. Now, Tumblr posts will appear on your Facebook Timeline, News Feed and Ticker when you chose to “send to Facebook.” This will also include Tumblr likes and replies, which will automatically appear on Facebook as well.

The world’s fastest growing blogging platform has friended Facebook, using the social networking giant’s Open Graph API to allow for post sharing via Facebook Timeline, News Feed and Ticker.

The new options included are –

  • Toggle “Send to Facebook” when posting
  • Share Replies on your Facebook Timeline
  • Share Likes on your Facebook Timeline

Tumblr Facebook Integration

Tumblr users can start using these new options, which are available in their blog settings. Users can adjust the setting to share posts on their Facebook Timeline.  If you’ve already linked your Tumblr account with Facebook, then you’ll get a notification that says, “We’ve improved Facebook sharing. Upgrade now.”

How to Integrate Tumblr with Your Facebook Timeline Profile

  • If you were already integrated with Facebook through Tumblr’s App, then you should see an update prompt once you log in to Tumblr (We’ve improved Facebook sharing. Upgrade now).
  • If you were not yet “connected” to Facebook, Go to Blog Settings >> Check the option “Share posts on your Timeline”

How to Integrate Tumblr with Your Facebook Timeline Page

  • Go to Blog Settings >> Check Share posts on your Timeline.
  • After you log in to Facebook you will see a message that says – “Tumblr would also like permission to: Manage your pages, Tumblr may login as any of your Pages, including (a list with your Pages). Click on Allow.”Facebook Tumblr Integration
  • Now, Go Back to your Tumblr and go to Blog Settings >> Scroll Down until your find the Facebook Option. You will now see a few more options, including a drop down menu, from which you will be able to choose which page (or profile) you will send your posts to.

The integration is completely optional, so users are not forced to open up their posts to Facebook. In the meantime, this integration with Facebook means a lot to Tumblr. The integration with Facebook will result in more referral traffic for Tumblr blogs. Tumblr hopes that users will auto share their posts in order to fetch more traffic through the social networking giant. The more contents shared the better traffic Tumblr will receive.

It’s a very smart move by the two sites, especially Tumblr. Several businesses that are using Facebook’s Open Graph apps have reported that the amount of traffic brought in by Facebook is getting better day by day, giving them an insight into user engagement within the social network.

Tumblr recently achieved a 20 billion posts milestone with more than 50 million blogs. It now hopes that many new blogs will be created with many new posts, including shares from friends without messing up Facebook pages with auto-updates.

Facebook Warns Employers Not to Demand for Passwords During Interviews

Just imagine how ridiculous it would be when you’re at a job interview and the interviewer puts a request to you to share your Facebook username and password, in order to perform a check on your Facebook profile entirely. Well, this is what had happened to Justin Bassett, a New York City statistician, when he was interviewed for a new job.

During this time of recessions, there are several number of people who are looking out for jobs and would do anything in order to get one. However, Bassett refused and withdrew his application stating that he didn’t want to work for a company which would peek into his personal life and information available on Facebook.Facebook Privacy

According to the article posted by the Associated Press –

Since the rise of social networking, it has become common for managers to review publically available Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts and other sites to learn more about job candidates. But many users, especially on Facebook, have their profiles set to private, making them available only to selected people or certain networks.

Companies that don’t ask for passwords have taken other steps — such as asking applicants to friend human resource managers or to log in to a company computer during an interview. Once employed, some workers have been required to sign non-disparagement agreements that ban them from talking negatively about an employer on social media.

In a response to this ridiculous act by employers, Facebook has warned employers not to demand passwords from job seekers or applicants as it is a clear invasion of privacy that opens companies to legal liabilities. The social networking giant has also threatened to take legal actions against such companies.

The main motto of Facebook is that “you should never have to share your password.” If you’re a user at Facebook, you should never share your password with anyone, not even your close friends. Also, according to Facebook’s legal terms, the company has the right to close your account if you try to obtain passwords from others.

Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer, posted an update on Facebook –

We don’t think employers should be asking prospective employees to provide their passwords because we don’t think it’s right the thing to do.  But it also may cause problems for the employers that they are not anticipating.  For example, if an employer sees on Facebook that someone is a member of a protected group (e.g. over a certain age, etc.) that employer may open themselves up to claims of discrimination if they don’t hire that person.

Moreover, any user with your Facebook password can not only gain access to your personal information and photos, but also your friends associated with your profile. All of your friends’ photos, messages, phone numbers, email id, and other personal information will be invaded, which eventually leads to a bigger invasion of privacy.

If in case an employer demands for your Facebook password, then you can quote Facebook’s legal terms, which clearly state that – “You will not share your password, let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.”