Fake myki Survey Downloading Malware to Users’ Computers
Recently, Victoria (Australia) Police has cautioned that, the computer virus is being published on the walls of social media networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, as reported by Herald Sun on May 20, 2011. The counterfeit survey exploits the name of Myki and is transmitted through a link in bit.ly format.
The false survey inquires people regarding the Myki system -- a ticketing system utilized in Victoria for transit. It has been shared on both Twitter as well as Facebook. Further, it has been shared through e-mails also.
The opening page of the link notifies that, it has been supported by Victoria Premier John Brumby and inquires questions, such as "Are you confident that the MYKI system will perform flawlessly? If a user clicks on the link, it automatically installs 45 sexually obscene pictures involving children into the machine's 'My Pictures' folder.
A spokeswoman from the Victoria Police substantiated that, the computer virus had originated in Australia and officers had inquired a 57 year old Mitcham man regarding the whole issue. Nevertheless, the investigators have been attempting to eradicate the link but are worried that few people might unintentionally receive it and install the computer virus.
Till now, 9 people have been affected after installing the computer virus through a Facebook link and police is eager to hear from someone else who might have accessed the false survey.
The issue is being mutually investigated by the E-Crime squad and Box Hill Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team.
Police raised word of warning against clicking on such kind of survey. Besides, they are requesting people that, someone who thinks that they have clicked on such a link and installed the virus onto their system, should immediately get in touch with the investigators so that the virus can be securely eradicated from their machine. Police would like to speak to someone who has accessed and responded to the survey, but would not charge people who unintentionally got the pornographic pictures in this manner.
Nonetheless, an image has been released of the false survey to persuade people to be vigilant of the computer virus and how it actually emerges on screen. Besides, the police announced that, someone who has accessed such kind of survey should immediately contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au.
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