Facebook Spammers Use Amazon’s Cloud

By | January 27, 2012

Source: F-Secure

An interesting post at F-Secure detailing the operations of spammers using Facebook surveys as base of their operations.

“Facebook is recently doing a decent job at keeping survey spam posts at bay (all things considered).

So, what’s an entrepreneurial Facebook spammer to do? Well, some have tweaked their master plan, and have expanded their use of “cloud” services.

Using Amazon’s S3 file hosting service solves quite a few problems for these perpetrators. Number 1, Amazon’s S3 web service is pretty inexpensive to set up, therefore they can still earn from the surveys. Number 2, because Facebook has been pretty successful at blocking suspicious URLs linked to spam, hosting their scam’s code in a safe and popular domain such as amazonaws.com gives them a better chance to sneak through Facebook’s protections.”

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