KoobFace Virus Infects Facebook Friends

December 6, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Koobface computer virus is attacking Facebook users and is spreading through the social network’s messaging system. The virus steals credit card information while using the internet or even direct user’s search results to fraudulent websites.

Koobface surfaces a new trick from hackers to steal identity and other vital information via social networking websites. The malicious code is targeting social networking websites like Facebook, MySpace and their large audiences. One of the trickiest features is that social networking websites have groups including people who are family and friends or trusted sources. Any message received from the group is considered as safe and the user falls prey to the malicious code more easily.

The virus arrives in the Facebook inboxes as “you look awesome in this movie” or something of similar kind. When the reader clicks the link he is led to a fraudulent website asking the user to download the latest Adobe Systems Flash Player. When the user clicks the download link, the virus infects the user’s system.

“Only a very small percentage of Facebook users have been affected, and we’re working quickly to update our security systems to minimize any further impact,” said Barry Schnitt, a spokesman for Facebook, in Palo Alto. A similar attack on Facebook users happened in August but this time a new variant of the same worm is trying to make a pass. MySpace users had been targeted as well this summer but they had been safe since the new security measure were put in place.

Users with generally update anti-virus software are generally well-protected from such viruses and similar threats.


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