Warning: 'Justin Bieber Gets Boner' Is Latest Facebook Malware

Beware of link bearing-status updates and wall posts, like the one called “Justin Bieber got erection in public.” Clicking on it spreads the spam and malware.

This malware masquerades as a legitimate application. Click on the link and you are asked for permission to launch an application supposedly verified by Facebook. Any further clicking will lead to surveys that have nothing to do with Justin Bieber and everything to do with earning commissions for the spammer.

Each survey entices with the promise of prizes for completion, with no way to confirm whether anyone actually wins anything. The spammer appears to be the only winner, since the revenue model involved in this type of scheme involves a commission for each survey completed.

Even though you never see the promised video of Bieber’s embarrassing moment in public, your wall declares otherwise. Even if you don’t finish completing one of the surveys, the malware posts its viral message for all your Facebook friends to see.

Readers, have you seen this latest spam scam? And what can the Facebook community do better to help stop this type of viral malware from spreading?

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