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Danger Lurks Inside 'Faceb00k'
By John Law - on 25 Okt 2012, 1:57pm

Danger Lurks Inside 'Faceb00k'

The malicious message on Facebook which fools the unwary user into thinking someone said something offensive to them

Sophos recently detected and is warning users of the popular social media network, Facebook, to be on their guard against unsolicited emails that suggest someone had left an offensive comment about them on their wall:

Hi,
[REDACTED] commented on your Wall post.
[REDACTED] wrote: "you piece of shit!!!"
See the comment thread
Reply to this email to comment on this post.
Thanks,
The Facebook Team

Users who are alert enough will realize the poorly disguised link, comment@faceb00k.com in the address field is fake. Those who make the mistake of clicking on the link will not be redirected to a real Facebook site, but to a website hosting malicious iFrame script that puts your computer at risk of malware infection via the notorious Blackhole exploit kit.

Sophos, the company responsible for providing the world with award-winning encryption, endpoint security, as well as web, email, mobile and network security solutions, alerted netizens to the threat and advised them to keep their anti-virus software up to date.

Graham Clulely, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos.

“Obviously, it's also very important to run up-to-date anti-virus software and keep your computers patched against the latest vulnerablilities,” says, Graham Clulely, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos. “If you don't take the right steps to protect your computer, one day a cybercriminal might find the right social engineering trick to dupe you into making a bad decision or visit a dangerous website.”

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