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Fallacious Facebook profiles purged

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Today, Facebook beat back an attack in which muliple identical profiles were spawned to spread malware!

The attack showed that numerous profiles that were IDENTICAL except for name were created, apparently automatically, bypassing the Facebook Captcha, according to Roger Thompson, chief of research at AVG. The profiles included a link to what was represented as a home video, but which instead displayed a fake antivirus alert. The link was blacklisted by the major web browsers, and Facebook blocked the link from being shared. Facebook was in the process of identifying and disabling the fake accounts.

A Facebook representative, Simon Axten, disagreed with the AVG speculation that the Captcha system had been broken and suggests human involvement. Facebook uses the ReCaptcha system, a well-regarded system that was recently acquired by Google.

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