Beware Malware-Laden Twitter Messages

Facebook YouTube Eye on DisplayA recent article in Help Net Security warns that the Twitter message “lol ur famous now”, if followed, will lead “to a fake Facebook page requiring you to log in to Twitter to see the video in question and have ultimately done what was asked of you, you are in danger of getting your account hijacked and malware installed on your computer, warns GFI’s Chris Boyd.”

The next step in the scam is to lead the victim to an Internet website displaying a fake YouTube video set against a fake Facebook background. In order to view the video, the users are urged to download an update for YouTube player: and as you might expect, the update is also fake and loads malware onto and enslaves your computer. These crooks are real “sweethearts”, aren’t they?

The fake Facebook page has since been removed, but it’s only a matter of time, probably already, that the crooks will switch to another page. Also, beware of this scam using another message just as enticing as the one used here.

And as I’ve stated before, the best defense for this type of scam is to be suspicious of every message, tweet, email, web page, etc. that wants you to click on a link. You must develop an attitude of distrust rather than openness, no matter how hard that might be for you.

Reference: Help Net Security article

I hope you enjoyed this article; and if you’d like to receive an email when a new article is posted, please sign up for an email subscription on my home page.  Don’t worry…I won’t give your email address to anyone…No One; I hate spam. Please share my blog with your friends and family. I’m also on Twitter as @PaulsInternetSecurity.

Paul

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Facebook, Internet, Internet Security, malware, security, Social Networking, Warning

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s