Don't click: 'CCTV footage' of attack on Vhong triggers spam

Posted at 01/25/2014 11:58 PM | Updated as of 01/27/2014 2:53 PM
A screengrab of the link promising a CCTV footage showing the controversial incident involving actor-host Vhong Navarro

MANILA - Currently making the rounds on social media, this image supposedly links to a CCTV footage showing actor-host Vhong Navarro being attacked inside a condominium unit.

Don't click it.

The deceptive link, which promises a video of the controversial incident, is an online scam used by hackers to trick their way into computers, acquire passwords and other log-in details. It is also used to spam personal timelines and feeds with unwanted links.

The "shocking CCTV footage" post tagging Navarro is a variation of the technique known as phishing, alluding to the terms "fishing" and "baits," which lures potential victims into clicking malicious links.

Once these deceptive links are clicked, the user is directed to what appears to be privileged content. In some cases, as in the "Vhong Navarro CCTV footage," the user is prompted to share the link first in order to view the "exclusive video."

In other cases, clicking will automatically share the fake link on a user's Facebook profile or Twitter feed.

With it being apparently "shared" on social media, the link borrows the credibility of the user to entice others to click it, leading to a cycle of fake links flooding several feeds on social networking sites.

So before clicking on a shoddy-looking video, make sure that the source is verified or is trustworthy. Try to click only the links coming from legitimate news websites or pages, and stay away from sites which upon entry asks for personal information such log-in details, bank accounts or passwords.