How seeking 'Disney's Most Shocking Hidden Message' can lead you into a malicious trap

Opinion by Dan Raywood

Warnings have been made of a new Facebook scam that lures users into viewing 'Disney's Most Shocking Hidden Message'.

Warnings have been made of a new Facebook scam that lures users into viewing ‘Disney's Most Shocking Hidden Message'.

The page, whose title claims that ‘97 per cent of people have never seen Disney's Most Shocking Hidden Message', lures users in with the premise of showing an image in a Disney film, most likely a pornographic image.

Now this is no huge shock to web users, ‘adult' content being planted in Disney films is the stuff of legend, and a simple Google search for sexual Disney subliminal messages will show where they are apparently planted.

However that pursuit has led to the development of this suspicious page on Facebook. Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, warned that at the time of writing, 1,242,935 people have already become fans of this page.

Cluley, who previously warned of a page that leads to malware and data harvesting that claimed to be seeking testers for the Apple iPad, told SC that scams like this can travel fast.

He said: “Urban myths about rude images hidden subliminally inside Disney films have been spreading for decades, and computer technology makes it easier than ever for anyone with a copy of Photoshop to ‘augment' images to show something fruitier than you would ever expect to see on Disney Time.

“As Facebook grows in strength, and more and more millions of people become active users, we can expect to see a dramatic increase in scams like this - in this case designed to gain as many members as possible so they can be spammed or updated in the future with a malicious link, or requested to enter personal information.”

He called for social networks to put more serious security measures in place - not only against fake fan pages such as this (which often use a very similar template), but also against the growing problem of spam, malware and identity theft.

“In my experience pages like this are often reported to Facebook's authorities, but the complaints are often not acted upon until they are highlighted by security researchers and the media. That's similar to the police not investigating reports of suspicious activity until they've been shown on BBC Crimewatch,” said Cluley.

He further claimed that the page ‘could be shut down and within an hour or two, a similar scam with a different disguise will be live.' At the time of writing the page is still very much live and during the time taken to write this blog, a further 1,848 people have become a fan of it.

If you want to know more, I would take a look at the Yahoo Answers page on it, and watch who you become a fan of.


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