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Beware of ‘malicious tagging’ on Facebook

THE Department of Justice yesterday warned the public to be wary of malicious tagging on the popular social media network Facebook as unscrupulous individuals may gain access and control of the unsuspecting victim’s account.

It has come to the attention of the Department of Justice (DOJ) – Office of Cybercrime (OOC) that a number of Facebook account users are tagged in a post containing a link to a lewd video and when they access the said link, the user will be asked to install an apparent update to a player in order to watch the video in full. When clicked, it will result in the automatic and random tagging in the same post of other Facebook account users, ” the DOJ-OOC said.

The DOJ-OOC is urging the public not to click the link that often contains adult material, and report the Facebook post immediately.

Clicking the link may prompt the malware to be downloaded to the victim’s phones and computers, the DOJ-OOC said.

Several Facebook users reported being tagged in comments to a post and then, once they click on the notification, being redirected to a community page urging them to click a link to what appears to be a sex video.

Please be informed that as of this writing, the DOJ-OOC has directly raised this matter to the APAC Legal Law Enforcement Outreach of Facebook for their appropriate action.

Introduction or transmission of viruses, such as malwares, to and interference in the functioning of computer systems are prohibited acts under Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012,” the DOJ-OOC said.