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We are continuing with our weekly “Top 10” lists of the most dangerous and spamiest Facebook Pages.  If you would like to read how we come up with the lists, check out our initial post here but here is how we define each category…

Most Dangerous Category: This category could be a post or comment containing a dangerous link.  These links can lead to malware, phishing, or suspicious/dangerous Facebook applications that gather personal information and use people’s accounts for spam.

Spamiest Category: The spam noted could be Wall spam or comment spam.  All the spam messages included in the tally contain at least one URL and have been posted multiple times across different pages and post comments.

Here are this week’s Top 10 lists:

Most Dangerous

Rank Last Week’s Ranking Facebook Page Threat Count Last Week’s Threat Count
1 5 Minecraft 1053 180
2 1 Machinima.com 735 663
3 6 EL SECRETO DE LOS SIMPSONS 211 165
4 4 Farmville 181 189
5 3 Xbox Daily News 102 239
6 Keri Hilson 90
7 10 FrontierVille 90 97
8 20 Don Omar 88 37
9 12 The Game 86 78
10 25 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 64 29



Spamiest

Rank Last Week’s Ranking Facebook Page Threat Count Last Week’s Spam Count
1 3 FC Barcelona 1353 890
2 4 Cristiano Ronaldo 1038 878
3 2 Ninja Saga 1003 963
4 47 Shakira 886 118
5 5 Justin Beiber 845 661
6 6 Michael Jackson 816 640
7 16 Lil Wayne 677 342
8 11 Hotel City 608 443
9 9 Avril Lavigne 561 485
10 24 YO SOY DE VENEZUELA 554 204



A few notes about this week’s list:

The targeting of pages using human spam continues this week.  Overall, every week the same pages are repeatedly earning a spot on the lists.  As usual, stay vigilant of any comment and links on all Facebook Pages.

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A popular and heavily pushed scam this week focuses on using people to propagate the spam.  The tactic results from scammers trying to get around the normal spam blockers.  What better way to spread spam than using human subjects?

The bait is usually some free in-game cash or some other unfair advantage in popular Facebook games.  We have seen many examples of these promises across the social games.

Here is one promising “Free Farmville Cash”:

The way the scam works is they promise to deliver something that they obviously cannot. In exchange, they claim, all you need to do is: 1. like their page, 2. share it, and 3. spam some message (almost always with a link back to the site) to some arbitrary amount of pages.

Like this:

Of course the end result of all this is you don’t get what was promised, and the spammer now has you broadcasting his garbage everywhere.

Here are some more examples:

This one targets Minecraft:

Keep in mind that there are a great deal more of these out there using all sorts of bait. The base scam is the same though, trying to get regular Facebook users to do the spamming for them.

We are continuing with our weekly “Top 10” lists of the most dangerous and spamiest Facebook Pages.  If you would like to read how we come up with the lists, check out our initial post here but here is how we define each category…

Most Dangerous Category: This category could be a post or comment containing a dangerous link.  These links can lead to malware, phishing, or suspicious/dangerous Facebook applications that gather personal information and use people’s accounts for spam.

Spamiest Category: The spam noted could be Wall spam or comment spam.  All the spam messages included in the tally contain at least one URL and have been posted multiple times across different pages and post comments.

Here are this week’s Top 10 lists:

Most Dangerous

Rank Last Week’s Ranking Facebook Page Threat Count Last Week’s Threat Count
1 3 Machinima.com 663 296
2 47 Ninja Saja 305 32
3 4 Xbox Daily News 239 230
4 5 Farmville 189 208
5 Minecraft 180
6 2 EL SECRETO DE LOS SIMPSONS 165 493
7 Xbox UK 141
8 Madden NFL Superstars 122
9 68 Galatasaray ASiKlarl 110 25
10 30 FrontierVille 97 41



Spamiest

Rank Last Week’s Ranking Facebook Page Threat Count Last Week’s Spam Count
1 MYX Philippines 1246
2 5 Ninja Saga 963 1018
3 FC Barcelona 890
4 8 Cristiano Ronaldo 878 783
5 19 Justin Beiber 661 542
6 13 Michael Jackson 640 687
7 16 BRAAAINS 595 559
8 28 Country Story 594 342
9 Avril Lavigne 485
10 39 ME GUSTA LA CERVEZA 455 269



A few notes about this week’s list:

Looking at the Dangerous list, we are seeing a lot of video game related scams.  Those specific scams focus on offerings of free points or game cash.  As every week, we see a few social games (those played through the Facebook platform) on the list.

The Spamiest list contains a hodge podge of pages from sports to musical artists to social games.  Remember the spam usually appears on wall comments.