A new virus is on the prowl and it’s looking to make contact with Facebook’s 120 million users.
Unsurprisingly, the virus is designed to acquire sensitive information, such as credit card details.
This new virus, named ‘Koobface‘, spreads itself by sending messages to inboxes whilst pretending to be from a Facebook friend.
The content of the email itself will appear to be enticing, complete with a link entitled ‘you look funny in this new video’ or something similar.
If you click on that link you could be forgiven for thinking that you really were being redirected to a video as you are then asked to watch a ‘secret video by Tom’.
Attempting to play that video, however, will prompt a dialogue box to appear which tells the user that they need to download a more modern version of Adobe’s Flash Player.
That action is how the virus finds it’s way in.
Credit Card Theft
Once installed, the virus can then steal credit card details in one of two ways –
- by waiting for the user to complete an online transaction and then storing the data or
- by searching the host computer for cookies which may have retained credit card information from prior transactions
Obviously, the best solution to ensure that you do not become infected with Koobface is to have a good, and updated, anti-virus program running.
Secondly, employ some common sense whilst using Facebook and be wary of what links you click on in emails.
Failing that, you can search your Windows directory for 2 files – tmark2.dat and mstre6.exe.
If either of those two files are present then you can safely delete them.
Update : Here is my guide on removing Koobface.