Beware: Fake Facebook Security Check

facebook-iconTrend Micro, a computer and Internet security company, has identified a new malware that pretends to be Facebook Security doing a “security check”. The Hacker News reported it as follows:

“Trend Micro has spotted a malware sample, TSPY_MINOCDO.A, which targets Facebook users. The malware redirects users to a spoofed page of the social network and claims to be part of the site’s security check feature, even showing the tagline “Security checks help keep Facebook trustworthy and free of spam”. Users eager to log into Facebook may fall victim to this ruse, taking the ‘security check‘ for face value. This may result in them entering their details and thus exposing their credit card accounts to cyber criminal infiltration. The report has also highlighted the three-fold increase in attacks on small businesses from 2011. Trend Micro said the survey scam had also promised other tech goodies such as Google Glass, Instagram, and Tumblr.”

If you come across this “Security Check” request while logging onto Facebook, or at any other time, do not enter your personal information. I’d exit Facebook and try to log on again. If it persists, I’d run a good anti-malware software to see if it left any remnants of code on your computer.

Reference: The Hacker

Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.

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

2 responses to “Beware: Fake Facebook Security Check

  1. Pingback: Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 5, 2013 | Bill Mullins' Weblog - Tech Thoughts

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