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[ARTICLE] Facebook Flaw Lets You Create As Many Fake Likes As You Want

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by The Scarlet Pimp, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2008
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    Chair moistener.
    Facebook quietly scans your messages, searching for URLs that you've sent to your friends. When it sees one, it increases the number of Facebook Likes on that URL.

    The business media (Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Gizmodo) have portrayed this as a privacy invasion.

    But perhaps more importantly, it appears to be a massive source of bogus Likes. Put simply, by using your own Facebook messages you can drive up the apparent number of likes that any non-Facebook page gets, even if the messages you send don't indicate that you actually like the page.

    This is important for two reasons:

    * Facebook has been repeatedly sued by advertisers claiming their pages have seen too much click fraud. (There's a proposed class action case pending in a California federal appeals court, for instance).

    While click fraud is NOT the same thing as fake likes, plaintiffs' lawyers are clearly interested in any information that might indicate that Facebook generates the appearance of something being clicked on when in fact it has not.

    * Facebook recently purged hundreds of thousands of fake fans and likes from its system; an admission that the social network is riddled with bogus accounts.

    Naturally, we tried to generate some fake clicks for ourselves, just to see how it works.
    Here's our guide on how to do that:

  2. Empower Network

    Empower Network Registered Member

    Sep 29, 2012
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    I noticed that when sharing blog posts via socialmediabar, too.