According to a blog within the Facebook website, there are over 400 million active members on the popular social network. If you’re one of them, you need to be increasingly cautious about the messages you receive and open within the network, even from the “friends” you are connected to on the site. The latest threat on Facebook? An attack from hackers utilizing the Koobface worm- and once again, the dangerous message will come from one of your Facebook friends.
The latest version of the Koobface worm is spreading rapidly across the network. A message from a Facebook friend invites users to view an erotic video shot by a hidden camera- an offer that has proven to tempt many of the website’s users. Once opening the message, the user is asked to download a special video player in order to view the video. This is where the attack begins, as the worm is downloaded to your computer instantly, compromising all of your secured information. To make matters worse, once you click to download the special viewer, an automated system will send the same message to all of YOUR Facebook friends, inviting them to participate in the scam as well.
That’s right- all of your secured passwords and usernames to ALL of your on-line accounts will be systematically stolen from your PC by the Koobface worm hackers. And you will unknowingly be exposing your Facebook friends to the same terrible scam. You will also begin to receive numerous promotions to buy worthless antivirus protection. The hackers will retain control of your computer, and can use it to spread more spam. If you’re using a PC at work, the hackers will most likely use your machine to probe other machines on the company network and obtain secured information from other PCs as well.
Once again, the team at the Antivirus Help Center wishes to send you a friendly reminder to protect your PC with antivirus software- and keep your antivirus software updated. There are inexpensive products available which offer sufficient protection from these threats- and they will be much less expensive in the long run than replacing your infected PC and exposing all of your on-line accounts to dangerous hackers.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if you may be at risk:
Do you ever open emails from unknown senders?
When was the last time you scanned your computer for viruses?
Do you have a 2010 version of antivirus protection installed in your computer?
Does your computer feel bogged down? Is it running slower than the day you purchased it?
Is your personal information (such as date of birth, hometown, names of family members, etc.) readily available on any of the social networking sites?
If you answered YES to any of these questions you may be at serious risk!
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Emily Shieldings – Covers internet security issues, malicious threats, computer virus threats from all around the world, and general technology breaking news for Antivirus Help Center.