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Brad Pitt Death Hoax: Users of Facebook Warned Over SHOCKING New Scam

Users of Facebook are warned regarding the new scam, which uses celebrity deaths rumours for stealing account details. The doctored image claiming to show Fox News article about the death of Brad Pitt, Hollywood superstar, was circulating on facebook site.

Anybody clicking on that hoax article might then be tricked to submit his/her personal details or install damaging malware. Experts of cyber security discovered that this hoax was not just a hoax, as the link comprises of malicious code which might have malware installed on the computer of the Facebook user.

Report was prepared in such a way that it seems similar to breaking news alert of Fox News and other users of Facebook quickly shared it, thus it started spreading faster. Cyber criminals have used this technique for years in trying to have access to various computers as well as personal information.

When the user click on the article link, it gets redirected to the page similar to Fox News, but actually it is malware app. This app is designed for stealing the personal information on the computers and phones. Rollingout.com posted on September 28th, 2016, stating that Facebook has suggested to run its malware scanner, in case the users have clicked on the link already.

Hackers are targeting users by sending message from friend, who claimed mentioning them on the Facebook. In fact, the attackers had initiated the message and proceeded to run a two-stage attack once activated.

A spokesperson of Facebook told CNNMoney: "this malware isn't new and is known to come from malicious browser extensions. Facebook [notifies] people when we detect malware on their computer, and we help them clean it up".

If you are already victimized by this phishing attempt, we would suggest you to login and then immediately change your Facebook password. If you are using the same details for several different services, then it is advisable to change those also.

False articles regarding death of Nicolas Cage, Vin Diesel, Jim Carrey, Jaden Smith, John Cena and Sylvester Stallone are also posted by this hoax site. Similar hoax tale regarding death of Angelina Jolie' was run by them last month.

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