Facebook Scam Dupes into Pasting Malware Inside Browsers
The first web-link embedded on the Facebook's fake profile pages states that 99% of users can't view the video for only 25-secs. Thereafter, it exhibits a girl's photo hiding her face behind the palms. Moreover, viewers are persuaded to hit a tab -"Video Here!" which displays a phony movie player.
On clicking it, users encounter another scam, which promises to show a movie. To download it, they're told about a code that should be pasted inside the address bar of their browser.
Roger Thompson, Chief Research Officer at AVG, states that currently there is no clear evidence about the payload's nature although investigation is still on. However, he states that it could possibly be a website, which seeks to automatically charge the user $9.95/month on his cell-phone account, as reported by SoftPedia on July 7, 2010.
Commenting on this, security researchers stated that while people popularly used browser applications, the latter facilitated the maximum number of opportunities for attack that distributed harmful content. Over and above, most people failed to figure out as to which content meant danger for their PC.
Hence, the experts advise that users should set appropriate security configurations on their browsers and keep all attack warning options enabled.
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» SPAMfighter News - 20-07-2010