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Monday, December 08, 2008

Worm spreads on Facebook

Facebook Inc. is resetting some user passwords and scrubbing the service of malicious links in an attempt to eradicate the fast spreading Koobface worm that redirects infected machines to a little known search site.

Facebook users began reporting receiving spam messages such as "You look just awesome in this new movie" or "You look so amazing funny on our new video" that tried to dupe them into clicking on a link. Then they were taken to one of several compromised sites that then displayed a fake error message claiming that Adobe System Inc.'s Flash was out of date, and prompted them to download an update.

The "update" was nothing of the kind, but instead was an executable file that installed the Koobface worm, which in turn installed a background proxy server that redirected all Web traffic.

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