Facebook users beware of new facebook virus called “Koobface” spreading through facebook messages. Couple of weeks ago i received a message from my friend asking me to check out some links which actualy redirects you to some malicious website. At first i thought this guy is playing around with a keylogger. But after that i have been getting these kind of messages everyday. then i realized this is another facebook Spam. The best part of this Virus is, when you click on the link in the message, the virus automatically creates group of your friends and sends them a copy of the message from you. Yesterday accidently i clicked on the link and thank god my all time favorite AVG internet Security Saved me.
Below is a Screen snap of a message. The link in the message disguise a Trojan worm and should not be clicked.
If you’ve received a message like that through Facebook messages, you may have been exposed to the serious “Koobface” virus. Once the URL is clicked, “Koobface” prompts you to update your Flash player. Therein lies the virus, cloaked in a “flash_player.exe” file. According to the Kaspersky Lab, an antivirus organization working closely with Facebook,”Koobface” transform victim machines into zombie computers to form botnets.
How it works?
When you click on the link in the message, the “Koobface” gets in action. Then it finds the appropriate Facebook cookie and it modifies the users account settings and profile – Sending messages containing links to malicious sites to trick your friends into installing the invader. Clicking on the link allows the virus to work its magic and access files on the victim’s machine while destroying their Facebook account.
Remember never to click on suspicious-looking links, even if they’re from friends. And do share this information with your friends.