Beware: Porn-based malware Infects 110K Facebook Users

Facebook appears to be infected with a porn-based malware that has affected about 110,000 Facebook users in just two days.

The malware, disguised as a Flash update, comes as a link to a porn video on one of your friend’s post. Clicking on it takes you to a website that may or may not be disguised as YouTube. One gets to see only a few seconds of the video, after that the video prompts the user to download a Flash update to continue watching. If the user installs the update, he/she is in fact infecting the computer with a Trojan that can hijack its keyboard and mouse.

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Once infected, the malware starts posting porn links on your Facebook wall, tagging up to 20 friends each time, thus allowing the malware to maintain a low profile, according to initial investigation by SecLists.

Readers are advised not to click on any porn links on the Facebook.

Facebook has acknowledged the existence of the malware and issued the following statement about the malware, says Threat Post.

“We use a number of automated systems to identify potentially harmful links and stop them from spreading. In this case, we’re aware of these malware varieties, which are typically hosted as browser extensions and distributed using links on social media sites. We are blocking links to these scams, offering cleanup options, and pursuing additional measures to ensure that people continue to have a safe experience on Facebook.”

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