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Deception on facebook

January 5th, 2008

This article details how an application on facebook is helping to spread spyware called “Zango”. When I saw the headline, I was worried that this violation involved the features that facebook offers. But in fact, the spyware is just a link to install malicious code on your computer. It can only be installed with your consent, so it’s user stupidity not facebook’s fault. Blaming facebook is like blaming email: Facebook’s only contribution is having a viral medium to spread Zango’s ridiculous proposition. (I suppose there is one difference in that facebook “approves” applications that are listed in its directory.)

It is sad but inevitable that these third-party developers will violate facebook’s environment of trust.

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