On a fair new day, you may get this message in Facebook: "You look funny in this new video" or "You look awesome in this new video". See the screenshot.
[Thanks to CNET News for this image]
If you get this message, be prompt to delete it. Keep your virus detector enabled all the time. This message is prompted by a virus called the Koobface worm (Net-Worm.Win32.Koobface.a. and Net-Worm.Win32.Koobface.b). [Read More at Kaspersky Lab].
If you click the message and go to the link given, it prompts you to update the Adobe Flash player to the latest version, even if you already have it in your system. If you allow the download, what actually gets downloaded is a variant of the Koobface virus that will hack into your Facebook account and continue to send messages to your unsuspecting friends.
Koobface had hit MySpace users during the August and had done lot of damage. Now it has come really hard on my choice of social networking site.
The message gets propagated from affected systems and Facebook accounts. It means, whoever sent you the message is affected. If it's a friend of yours, then quickly let him know about it.
In fact, I almost believe this virus was there affecting GMail users far back. I used to get messages with titles like "You look awesome/funny in this video" in my GMail inbox. Good that they were all filtered out by the wonderful spam detector of GMail. Maybe, you also have such stories to tell.
What Koobface does is even deeper and more bizarre. It actually tries to get hold of your sensitive personal information like your identity or credit card and other financial data. I needn't stress the effects.
Tips to Stay Safe
Here are some tips for you to fight online virus and spam attacks. A more detailed post on which security threats you should be careful about will be posted in the future.
It is up to you to keep your Facebook/MySpace accounts secured. Be very diligent and pro-active about it. Don't risk your security.
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