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False Bitcoin Termination Tale Across Twitter.com Results in Malware, says Malwarebytes

According to Malwarebytes the security software company, one new scam spreading all over Twitter asserts that United States government has taken to shutdown Bitcoin, a ruse actually deceiving unwitting Internauts.

Reportedly, the twitter messages have web-links that pose as taking onto one Wall Street Journal news video, which if attempted at watching produces certain pop-up that directs users to first and foremost load Adobe's Flash Player. But when the loading button is clicked some malware piece gets downloaded which spammers utilize for pulling down further malware onto the users' PCs, Malwarebytes observes.

Essentially Malwarebytes' Adam Kujawa, the discoverer of the scam, says that the malware-laced Twitter messages are getting proliferated via several bogus Twiiter accounts. Even bad to note is that other members of twitter.com are forwarding the messages or adding content to those tweets devoid of knowing that they're reading fake news even as the web-links take onto malicious software.

It's understood that the phony page on Wall Street Journal receives its hosting service from a domain system based in Thailand that's named 'siam-sunrise [dot] com.' Furthermore, there is one ReadMe.htm and dual DLL files inside the bogus Flash Player which seem as real. Alongside this, there's also one executable document labeled 'install_Adobe_Flash_Player.exe' that in reality is the malicious software, says Kujawa.

He explains that when pulled down, this malware links up with certain distant server while installs more malware namely 'notepad.exe,' which finds place inside the temporary files' folder, while describes itself as the first implant document for the sake of the said server.

And as per initial analysis, a Remote Access Trojan seems at play but the identity of the RAT requires being ascertained.

Overall, Kujawa suggests that anyone finding the particular tweet else anything likewise should send the message to the Spam Folder without hitting on its web-link.

Eventually, Twitter is not the lone website for social networking which has been struck with malware from the time May 2014 started. Even Facebook.com was struck with a virus that mined Bitcoin while purported to be an IM pictorial that widely infected only Windows PCs via exploiting Java vulnerability.

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