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As Facebook spreads, so does malware

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"Facebook finally hits the mainstream," a CNET post proclaims today. A report from industry watcher O'Reilly Radar finds that US growth for the site has been strongest among users aged 26-59. It comes as no surprise, then, that as the site's reach expands, that attempts to exploit it should also.

This morning I awoke to an email warning of a malicious message circulating among Facebook friends. Turns out I wasn't alone. The Journal of New England Technology reports:

“Look you were filmed all naked!” read the subject header on one iteration of the virus-spreading message, which is being sent automatically from infected accounts to the “friend” list for that account. Clicking the link usually takes users to a page that looks like YouTube, and a pop-up message advises the user to download a Flash plug-in. The download contains the virus, which replicates by contacting everyone on the victim’s Facebook friend list and advancing the hoax.

The "Koobface" worm was first discovered in the middle of this year, and can open back doors that can install other software.


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