Back to Old Facebook Profile – Phishing Attack
By on September 4th, 2011

While there have been a number of phishing attacks reported earlier, cyber criminals aren’t giving up their luck, and are continuing to post phishing attacks on Facebook in an attempt to compromise user account and steal sensitive information. A new phishing  attack is underway on Facebook, which is trying to jester users by asking them to revoke to the old Facebook design.

Although users are annoyed with the recent changes that Facebook has made, cyber criminals are taking advantage of it by creating pages like Need Old Profile back, which has already attracted over 59,000 people to likeit. This is an attempt by cyber criminals to hack your Facebook account, so DO NOT likeor share the page with your friends.

Need Old Facebook Back - Phishing Attack

The Facebook  page has links that will lead to the following website -

Bring Back Old Facebook Profile - Phishing Attack

In the above webpage you are asked to follow a few steps which include likingtwo Facebook pages. Once done, you are then asked to click on the Click here to enterlink button, which will take you to a form hosted on Google Spreadsheets.

The form is titled – Facebook Converterin which you are asked to enter your Facebook  username and password. You really don’t have to do this. Since this is a phishing attack, your username and password will be sent to the scammer, who will have full control over your Facebook account.

Facebook Profile Converter - Phishing Attack

UPDATE: Google has deleted the form.

If you have accidently clicked on the link and completed the form, I advise you to immediately change the password of all your accounts. Please understand that there is no way to get back to the older version of Facebook. Facebook does not provide an option to its users to revert back to any of the previous versions. If you come across any applications or pages that claim to change your Facebook account to the older version, then please ignore or delete it. You can report such apps or pages to the Facebook Security  team.

However, there are browser  extensions  that will help your get back to the older versions of Facebook. Keith has written an article on How yo can change the new Facebook layout to the older one.

Avoiding such scams is not an easy task, but you can always follow caution. Check out the following post on to how you can  use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on  removing apps from Facebook. We have compiled a list of  Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook  that you might want to have a look at.

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Author: Joel Fernandes Google Profile for Joel Fernandes
Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

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