Free Newsletter
Register for our Free Newsletters
Newsletter
Zones
Access Control
LeftNav
Alarms
LeftNav
Biometrics
LeftNav
Detection
LeftNav
Deutsche Zone (German Zone)
LeftNav
Education, Training and Professional Services
LeftNav
Government Programmes
LeftNav
Guarding, Equipment and Enforcement
LeftNav
Industrial Computing Security
LeftNav
IT Security
LeftNav
Physical Security
LeftNav
Surveillance
LeftNav
View All
Other Carouselweb publications
Carousel Web
Defense File
New Materials
Pro Health Zone
Pro Manufacturing Zone
Pro Security Zone
Web Lec
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
 
News

Virus Hoax Spreading Rapidly Through Facebook Community

Sophos : 09 August, 2010  (Technical Article)
Sophos is warning facebook users against spreading a virus warning which is a hoax and is spreading through the community like chain mail
IT security and data protection firm Sophos is advising Facebook users to think before passing on a virus warning that is rapidly spreading across the social network. A large number of users are currently forwarding inaccurate advice, warning others to beware of a 'virus' that claims a girl killed herself over a post her father made on her Facebook wall.

The text of the warning advises readers about the risk of opening a virus message.

However, the alerts are inaccurate, and members of the public are inadvertently spreading the hoax in the belief that they are helping Facebook friends to avoid the threat from a non-existent virus infection.

'Ironically, the bogus warning about the virus is spreading faster and wider, and is probably more of a nuisance, than a genuine malware outbreak,' said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. 'The situation has been complicated by cybercriminals creating Facebook pages that pretend to offer pictures of the girl's Facebook wall, but are really designed to generate money by sending unsuspecting users to online surveys.'

'Facebook users should always check their facts with a reputable source before sharing a virus warning with their online friends,' continued Cluley. 'Scares like this can cause users to panic unnecessarily, and may mean that the public takes genuine virus outbreaks less seriously.'
Bookmark and Share
 
Home I Editor's Blog I News by Zone I News by Date I News by Category I Special Reports I Directory I Events I Advertise I Submit Your News I About Us I Guides
 
   © 2012 ProSecurityZone.com
Netgains Logo