You might have recently received a notification from a Facebook friend about verifying your Facebook Chat. On that note, you’ll see that everyone’s being tagged on the comment section and there’s a sense of urgency that is supposed to be coming from the Facebook Chat Team.

The message reads: “All Chat Box must be verified before 24th May 2014 to avoid Chat Bloking under SOPA and PIPA Act. The unverified Chat will be terminated.”

It is then followed by a set of instructions for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer so users can easily follow what they need to do to verify their accounts. Following these will give access to the hackers so they can freely tag anyone in your friends list to do the same thing or worst, passed on viruses and other malicious threats.

Recently, Facebook confirmed that they are shutting down their chat service in their app in  Android and iOS to make way for their dedicated messaging app called ‘Messenger’.


In an attempt to stop this and other similar scams, Facebook temporarily disabled the developer console that are instructing users to paste some pieces of JavaScript in a browser. This scam is known as self-XSS attack.

As a solution to these threats, make sure that you have an updated antivirus software for protection. If you’ve seen a similar post on your timeline coming from your friends, report such post to Facebook so they can ban it.

If you don’t have an antivirus yet, download Titanium Maximum Security (for Windows; for Mac) or Trend Micro Mobile Security (for Android; for iOS).

Disclosure: The author works for Trend Micro but this blog is not connected to the company in anyway nor do they have control over the articles that are published.

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Fjordan Allego aka Fjordz is an IT security practitioner in the Philippines. He maintains a couple of blogs where he shares his views on various topics that he finds interesting. A self-confessed introvert who's mostly active in social media, Fjordz also loves to travel and explore the wonders of the world.

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