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Koobface Virus Hits Facebook

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December 4, 2008 4:36 PM PST

Koobface virus hits Facebook

Posted by Robert Vamosi

A worm responsible for sending Facebook users malicious code appears to be limited in nature, although the social engineering attack may be used again, say experts.

Facebook representative Barry Schnitt said the worm isn't new; it dates back to August, although the variant that first appeared on Wednesday targets only Facebook users.

Craig Schmugar, threat researcher for McAfee Avert Labs, confirmed this in a call with CNET News and said that, in general, Koobface strikes only social-networking sites.

After receiving a message in their Facebook in-box announcing, "You look funny in this new video" or something similar, recipients are then invited to click on a provided link. Once on the video site, a message says an update of Flash is needed before the video can be displayed. The viewer is prompted to open a file called flash_player.exe. "

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I meant to thank you for this warning a couple days ago, Peaches! But in the process of forwarding your info to the kids I forgot. :blush: They use Facebook and are now warned

thanks again,


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