Don’t Be A Knob Face – Check Virus Warnings Before Spreading Them

If you use Facebook then you are probably aware of a piece of malware known as ‘Koobface’.

Koobface derived it’s name from the social networking site as it is in fact anĀ anagramĀ of ‘Facebook’.

Clever huh?

Ok, so a quick intelligence test next – is ‘Knob Face’ an anagram of ‘Facebook’ too?

knob face virus hoax

Of course it isn’t – methinks someone got themselves a little confused!

Nonetheless, you may come across an email or message something along the lines of –

“Virus spreading like wildfire on Facebook!! It is a Trojan worm called “Knob Face”. It will steal your info, invade your system and shut it down! DO NOT open the link “Barack Obama Clinton scandal”. If “Smartgirl 15″ adds you, don’t accept it; it is a virus. If somebody on your list adds her then you will get the virus too!! Copy and paste to your wall please”.

If you receive such a message then you should be aware that the real Koobface is not currently being distributed via links that have anything to do with Barack Obama or either of the Clintons.

Additionally, you are not likely to become infected in any way through adding friends on a social networking site, at least not directly. (Read my post on the ‘Ashley Marc James virus hoax‘)

All this message is good for is spreading misinformation about possible virus threats, thereby deflecting attention from real security issues such as the Koobface worm.

So don’t spread this message.

Don’t be a Knob Face.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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