Facebook malware infects 10,000 people in 48 hours

The Facebook malware could hijack the account, change privacy settings, impersonate the target by sending fake messages and extract data.


Kaspersky Lab has released a report of a malware that spread to over 10,000 users in just 48 hours. The malware first compromised the Chrome browser with a malicious extension. This extension could hijack a Facebook account, and send a fake notification to friends. Users would see a pop up on their screens that said that a friend had mentioned them in a comment. Clicking on the notification, would install the chrome extension on the victim's computer, and then the process would repeat itself.

The report tracks the trojan from 24 June to 27 June. The malware was most active in Brazil. South America, Europe, Tunisia and Israel were heavily affected by the Trojan. The malware affects only those using Microsoft Windows operating systems, and mostly on desktops. iOS and Android devices were immune to the malware because it used some libraries that are only on Windows devices. Windows Mobile devices were potentially at risk.

The malware could hijack the account, change privacy settings, impersonate the target by sending fake messages and extract data. Facebook has responded by checking the way the malware spreads, and Google has removed at least one of the malicious extensions from the Chrome store. Recommended protection measures against such malware include having an anti-malware software installed, updated and running on your computer at all times. It is better to be careful of notifications from unknown people, or at unexpected times. Frequently checking Chrome for unexpected extensions is also a good idea. Read the report from Kaspersky Lab here.


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