London: Social networking site Facebook has
warned its users to stay away from new malware that encourages
them to click on a `sexiest video ever` link and end up with
installing the virus on their computer systems.
Thousands of users on the social networking site have
been targeted by the new scam which asks users to click on the
video link, addressing the user by name, and then leads to the
installation of a malware, the Daily Mail reported.
The link reads: "This is without doubt the sexiest video
ever! :P :P :P" and is accompanied by a video entitled "Candid
Camera Prank [HQ]", featuring shots of a busty woman in a
bikini and short skirt.
The user is tricked into believing they are downloading a
new version of a popular video programme, when in fact they
are downloading the malware, said the report.
The file downloaded also appears to contain adware Hotbar
-- a toolbar which appears in Internet Explorer and Windows
Explorer, it added.
Graham Cluely from security software developer Sophos
said: "Judging by the number of messages posted on Facebook,
thousands of people received this attack.
"If you were one of them, you should scan your computer
with an up-to-date anti-virus, change your passwords, review
your Facebook application settings, and learn not to be so
quick as to fall for a simple social engineering trick like
this in future."
Once the link has been clicked on, it is then posted on
that user`s newsfeed -- causing the virus to spread virally
throughout the website.
Facebook has recently been criticised by European data
protection officials for putting users` privacy at risk
with changes to its service, which allows third-party websites
to access users` profiles.