A rogue application that promises to allow Facebook users to know who visited their profile page is circulating the social network.
A new iteration of an old
scam has surfaced
on Facebook pushing a fake application that promises to
enable users to see who has visited their Facebook page.
The problem? Facebook does not allow this capability. According to Sophos,
the app is spreading across the social network with messages that say: "OMG
I cant believe this actually works! Now you really can see who viewed your
profile! on [link]."
Those who click on the link accompanying the message are taken to a Web
page that asks them to permit the application to have access to their
Facebook profile, blogged
, senior technology consultant at Sophos. Granting that
permission will make a user's profile "yet another victim of the viral
scam. ... And no, you don't ever find out who has been viewing your profile."
This is far from the first time this type of application has circulated the
network. Tempting as it may be for
a user to know
who is visiting his or her page, promises to keep track of
that type of information are invalid.
"Facebook does not provide the ability to track who is viewing your
profile, or parts of your profile, such as your photos," the company states in its Help Center
by outside developers cannot provide this functionality, either. Applications
that claim to give you this ability will be removed from Facebook for violating
The company later states, however, that while it does not provide an app
that enables users to track profile views or statistics on the views of
specific user content, third-party developers may offer some of this functionality.
Still, the company has made it "technically impossible" for
applications to track profile visits for users who simply go to another user's
According to Cluley, the current campaign is using a variety of different
links, but via bit.ly Sophos has observed that at least one of them has tricked
nearly 60,000 people into clicking.
"Always think before you add an unknown application on Facebook, and
ask yourself if you're really comfortable with ceding such power to complete
strangers," he blogged. "Rogue application attacks like this,
spreading virally, are becoming increasingly common-and do no good for anyone
apart from the scammers behind them."