Wednesday, 11 February 2015

New Facebook Virus Tags Your Mum In X-rated Films






Do not click on saucy videos on Facebook this week – a new computer Trojan is spreading via X-rated videos on the site, and is tagging people’s Mums in dirty films.

It has already infected more than 110,000 users.

The embarrassing new Trojan tags people’s Mums, bosses and random friends in X-rated clips and shares them on people’s walls.


The ‘clever’ part is that the malicious software automatically tags 20 of each victim’s friends in a video when it posts, so the randomly selected friends see it in their freed – and their friends see it too.

Your boss and your Mum may well be tagged in a dirty post on your wall – and the malicious software attempts to trick everyone who sees the post into infecting their PC with a particularly vicious Trojan.

Researcher Mohammed Fagani writes on Full Disclosure, ‘In the new technique, which we call ‘Magnet’, the malware gets more visibility to potential victims as it tags the friends of the victim.

‘The tag may be seen by friends of the victim’s friends as well, which leads to a larger number of potential victims.’
The video link tries to trick users into downloading a file (it says that it needs additional software to play), then once downloaded, takes over a victim’s PC entirely.



Security software vendor Sophos says, ‘A video link that suddenly needs additional software is almost certainly a bait-and-switch scam. You’re promised X but that’s just so the crooks can foist Y on you. If you can’t resist the initial bait, at least avoid the switch!

‘Take the time to review your Facebook privacy and security settings. That way, if you do make a blunder on Facebook, you will probably limit the effects on other people (and on your own reputation).’

Metro



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