My 2 Cents: This is just a little heads-up for all ya facebook users out there that just add everyone that comes alongâ€¦
Attention new viewers: those 5000 â€śfriendsâ€ť you have on Facebook? They might not actually be your friends. In fact, some of them might be scammers trying to infect your computer with a new virus dubbed â€śKoobfaceâ€ť. Koobface, which already made the rounds on MySpace, is now worming its way through Facebook. The Koobface virus uses Facebookâ€™s private messaging system to infect computers via a shared video. Unsuspecting users will see a video link (shared by an infected friend) with the message, â€śYou look just awesome in this new movie.â€ť Click the link will lead you to an outside site where youâ€™re told that you need to download a Flash update, which is actually a virus file. Once the virus is installed, it will try to grab sensitive data off your PC, like credit card numbers.
In a way this a very old virus; it operates much like mass-mailing worms that used to infest Usenet and e-mail lists. But itâ€™s proving an effective tactic on social networks where private messages from friends seem more trustworthy than traditional e-mail, which even the most neophyte web users have come to distrust. With its some 120 million users, Facebook is not only a potentially lucrative target, but itâ€™s well into the mainstream, which means more gullible, less internet-savvy users for virus creators to prey on. The virus watchdog blog for McAfee labs reports that Facebook is aware of the Koobface attack and is already working to remove the spammed links from its system. But with dozens of Koobface variants known to exist, McAfee warns that â€śthe situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.â€ť Should your PC be infected the Koobface worm, the Facebook security blog suggests resetting your password and running updated anti-virus software to purge the worm from your system.
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