Facebook Attacked With Yet Another Spam
The security firm Sophos reports about a latest cyber attack aimed at Facebook users. This one is a password resetting spam set through Skype.
The security company believes that it is most probably the same cyber group that has initiated previous assaults. The group has altered their form and is now sending several spam messages with the subject "Problem with your payment" purporting to have come from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The "from" address in the e-mail is certainly fake, as is usual with spam mails. Moreover, the users should be very alert considering the fact that there is no content in the body of the e-mail. The e-mail simply includes an attachment known as Skype.html.
Sophos detects the attachment as Troj/JSRedir-BO. Once the users opens the file, they will be sent to a third party website. In this particular case, they are directed to the nefarious Canadian pharmacy site that is known to sell online drugs.
Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos, opined that it is not surprising that Facebook is being used as a cloak, as with nearly 500 Million users, it is more likely that the spam will successfully reach the inbox of any Facebook user than a particular bank's customer, as per the news published by pc1news.com on June 16, 2010.
Unfortunately, in the past few months Facebook has been hit by a huge number of spam attacks. Some of the noteworthy scams are- funny video attack, Photo Album attack, the Clickjacking attack, amongst others.
Finally, Facebookers should be very careful while surfing the Web. For example, they should be extremely cautious while reading their mails and clicking on Facebook-related links and attachments. Users should ensure that the links they are clicking are authentic, and then only they should proceed further with them. They should use updated and recent anti-virus and anti-malware software. They should also update all the applications running on their operating system as well as on the machine.
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» SPAMfighter News - 25-06-2010