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Mexico – Malware is spread among Facebook users

11 Jul

The profile is infected with a malware that automatically distributes a message to contacts with the title eleventodelsiglo

FB users malware alert
FB users malware alert

The popularity of Facebook is being used by cybercriminals to spread viruses on the Internet through links that direct users to malicious pages, invitations to events or videos that contain malicious code.

This week began circulating in the social network a spam that invites people to a meeting called “eleventodelsiglo” forwarded from the account of a friend who has been infected.

In Facebook message says: “As I know you will like the idea of living a trip back what you commented. Go into google and search the text: eleventodelsiglo … But the text is all together. The first result is to sign up. I just joined! The decade of the 20, gangsters. “

When the user performs the search and enter the page, the profile is infected with a malware distributing the spam automatically to all contacts with the same message without knowing it.

According to a report by internet security firm ESET, Facebook is vulnerable to spam by design, since users tend to trust the messages they see on the walls of their friends and are not afraid to click on them.

The company said that due to the millions of users who have the social network in the world, has become a multimillion dollar business for cybercriminals, at the ease of spreading viruses.

Above all, because antivirus software only protects from downloading malware, but can not protect the contents of the walls of Facebook, so if you click on a spam message, the person may infect your computer and friends.

The user usually has to like the spam message, answer questions or install a false application requires access to information, which contains malicious code masquerading as a video codec or a message.

“By confirming these actions voluntarily users can infect their computers with malware, above its security software. At the end of this test, the user may or may-not be shown a “shocking video”, which is usually false, “the company said.

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