A new computer worm poses a security threat to users of Facebook.
Wired PR News – Users of the social networking site, Facebook, have new security threats to look out for. As reported by NewsFactor, five new deceptive applications have surfaced on the site in the past week. These include four that attempt to steal the usernames and passwords of members, and one that installs malware on user’s computers using a fake You Tube video.
The worm called the Koobface reportedly aims to take control of victim’s machines in order to perform malicious commands. Trend Micro is quoted as stating of the malware, “Once cookies related to the monitored social-networking Web sites are located, it connects to these Web sites using the user log-in session stored in the cookies. It then navigates through pages to search for the user’s friends. If a friend has been located, it sends an HTTP POST request to the server.”
Facebook users are advised to take precautions like being careful about opening or downloading suspicious attachments, and routinely running the latest editions of their antivirus software.