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News

MySpace malware discovery.

McAfee : 14 January, 2008  (Technical Article)
McAfee Avert site has run a blog entry concerning malware discovered on MySpace.
Last week, according to the Avert Lab blog, McAfee discovered malware reflecting the latest social engineering technique in which an attacker sends a new "friend request" to MySpace users. Clicking on the picture or name of their new potential friend, users see an image of what appears to be a Windows "Automatic Update" dialogue. However, activating this pop-up runs a file download that looks like a Microsoft update called "updateKB890830.exe".

The download delivers a mixture of dowloaders, an admin tool and Trojans. McAfee advises caution when using strange or abnormal download dialogues such as the disappearance of the dialogue on minimising the browser, indicating that the dialogue is a browser image.

The source of this malware is the far east and Eastern Europe and remains active. Users of social networking sites are advised to use caution when accepting friend requests or browsing profiles of other users.

In this case, McAfee software users are protected from this malware.
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