The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) issues a warning to netizens that the new Friendster social media website is a possible phishing site. At the time of writing, the platform has 7,750 members.

According to the National Computer Emergency Response Team (NCERT), a division under the DICT Cybersecurity Bureau, the Friendster.click’s IP address (23.106.120.84) had previous reports about phishing, brute force and DDoS attacks, hacking, and host exploitations.

Further, the site uses an uncommon ‘.click’ domain, which is another red flag. Also, the “About Us” page is lacking relevant information about the website. And, as we also cited, the website uses WordPress for its main service, which is not used by social networking platforms.

“Having said that, there is a possibility that the said website is being used for phishing”, they concluded.

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Again, we reiterate that it might be best to keep away from the website. CERT-PH recommends users exercise caution and take the following actions:

  • Do not click suspicious links to avoid future potential threats.
  • Do not register on this website because your data may be compromised.
  • In addition, providing and capacitating employees with cybersecurity knowledge and information to minimize threats.

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