Thursday, November 13, 2008

Malicious Worm That Attacks Social Networks

Victims unknowingly spread the infection via wall posts to their friends' walls inviting them to view a YouTube video

PandaLabs has recently detected a new variant of the Boface family that affects the social networks Facebook and MySpace. In this case, the worm sends all the user's friends a message which contains a link to a supposed YouTube video.

In order to view the video, the user is required to download a Flash Player update. However, the downloaded file is not an update but a copy of the worm.

This shows that cyber-crooks are still interested in the social networks to distribute their creations. In fact, Facebook and MySpace with millions of registered users have become a profitable target for them.

Facebook has started taking measures to solve this problem. You can check it here.

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