Fcebook Users Came Across Sexiest Video AttackBy Dipankar Das, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
If you receive a message in your Facebook account with the subject “This is without doubt the sexiest video ever!” which is associated with a video title “Candid Camera Prank [HQ]”, it is better not to open it or think twice before you open it. Computer security company Sophos issued an warning to the Facebook users on Monday. It says if you click on the link in the mail, claiming to be the “sexiest video ever”, it will show the thumbnail of a woman on a bicycle wearing a short skirt. This is designed very neatly to trap the infected computers.
If you click on the thumbnail you don’t see any video, instead, it will take you to a Facebook application. When you click on that, it will tell you that your video player is out-of-date and further request you to download a file.
Many users report that the same video was posted to their Facebook friends and acquaintances and in this process the attack spreads even more quickly. However, after detecting the trap, Facebook took action against this. But, still the threat is there.
If your computer is infected with this type to attack, please, scan the whole PC, change the password and remove whatever is installed in between.
“Now, maybe you’re in the habit of sharing and receiving videos like this with your online chums. I can certainly imagine a lot of blokes in particular might be tempted to play the video. Each to his or her own, but you should be extremely careful on this occasion,” warned Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at Sophos.
Tags: cyberattack, Facebook, Video