Nicole Santos is getting quite a name for herself, and deservedly so. Her name has been spammed all across Facebook, in wall posts that are full of profanities, and also almost always exhort the spammed to “Vote for Nicole Santos”. The trick, of course, is that at the bottom of the post, next to the “Comment” and “See Friendship” links, is a link to “Remove this app”. Because the language in the wall posts is so foul, one’s first instinct is to hit that link as quickly as possible – but don’t click that link because that is how the virus infects your machine.
(There is also a similar virus spam going around Facebook right now that exhorts you to “Please do your part in PREVENTING SPAM by VERIFYING YOUR ACCOUNT. Click VERIFY MY ACCOUNT right next to comment below to begin the verification process”.)
Says a Facebook spokesperson, “This spam was spread by a vulnerability in our code and we worked quickly to resolve this matter. The bug caused a small number of spam comments to be posted to users’ walls, and we are in the process of cleaning up any spam it may have caused.”
“A small number”? Complaints are pouring in, although we suppose that when you have over 500 million users, your definition of “a small number” can be anything from 1 to 100,000 or more.
In any event, simply remove the offending post, but for goodness sake don’t click on that “Remove this app” link!
Not sure how to remove a post from your wall? It’s easy! Read our quick explanation of How to Remove a Post or Comment from Your Facebook Wall.