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Facebook Worms – Bad Friends To Have August 7, 2008

Posted by John in Technology.
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Mike Arrington is reporting worms now friending you on Facebook.

The worm spreads when a compromised user’s account is used to send message to others with a title such as “LOL. You’ve been catched on hidden cam, yo:” and a link to a random URL. The linked website is a YouTube-like page that shows a video player along with what looks like a standard browser message to update your Flash installation. Clicking on the button begins a malware installation of a file called “codecsetup.exe.”

I blogged about this earlier in the week but in the case of Twitter.

Look for 2009 to be the year of security hacks going social or forget Social Media maybe it’s called Social Exploits.

Update: The above link was the wrong link. I was writing a blog post at the same time about the live coverage of the olympics.  My mistake.  The post was linked to Techmeme by my error.

Here is the link that I was referring to
http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/07/elaborate-facebook-worm-virus-spreading/

update:  facebook responds
http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/08/facebook-responds-to-security-issue-with-a-hope-and-a-prayer/

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1. Svetlana Gladkova - August 8, 2008

I think it should be expected on many social networks and that’s exactly where I believe many anti-virus software developers will be looking into very closely (at least that’s what the guys from Kaspersky Labs hinted at because of the Twitter incident you mentioned).

P.S. By the way, you linked to Wired wiki post on where to watch the Olympics online instead of Mike’s coverage of the Facebook worms, by the way, and got to that thread on Techmeme as well.

2. John Furrier - August 8, 2008

You are correct my link was the wrong link. I was writing a blog post at the same time about the live coverage of the olympics. My mistake.

Here is the link that I was referring to
http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/07/elaborate-facebook-worm-virus-spreading/

update: facebook responds
http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/08/facebook-responds-to-security-issue-with-a-hope-and-a-prayer/


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