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A Facebook Scam Offensive As Well As Malicious

According to researchers from Sophos a UK-based security company, Facebook, the popular social networking website is hit with a scam which is spreading an insulting message followed with planting malicious software on the victims' computers.

The e-mail message, which poses as communication from Facebook group, tries to draw the victim's attention to an offensive comment somebody apparently posted on his page.

The message is crafted thus: "________ wrote: "you piece of s#*t!!!" and placed on top of a button, which is supposed to be hit so the reader can view 'the remark string.'

Indeed an alert recipient may observe that the e-mail is crafted rather shoddily since it only pretends to be from Facebook with its sender's address reading comments@faceb00k.com.

In any case, the risk remains whereby a few PC owners get so deceived that they will end up opening the web-link.

Further, if any person does inadvertently follow through still more to get additional information, he will rather than land on the actual Facebook website, find one that harbors an extremely sinister iFrame, which Sophos identified as Mal/Iframe-W. Without losing much time, his computer will become endangered with malicious software viz. the infamous attack toolkit known as Blackhole.

In the meantime, Sophos' researchers highlight how the website with Blackhole tries to deter viewers' suspicion by imitating a beautiful woman's Facebook profile.

Remarking about the above mentioned assault, Senior Technology Consultant, Graham Cluley at the Sophos security firm, posts on his blog that recipients of the scam e-mail can keep themselves safeguarded against the offence if they think wiser. Clearly, even if they miss on the incorrectly spelt 'Facebook' as 'Faceb00k', they may notice via their mouse if brushed on the web-link how they are really taken onto not Facebook.com but its fake version, the expert adds and nbcnews.com published his statement in news on October 24, 2012.

Over and above, Sophos advises all computer users to always keep in mind that they must maintain up to date anti-virus programs while deploy the latest security patches to protect from new or unknown vulnerabilities and malware capable of exploiting the same.

Related article: A New "Blackmailing" Variant Creeps Around…

» SPAMfighter News - 30-10-2012

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