Koobface worm

If you see the following post on Facebook, don’t bother following its instructions by reposting. If you do, then you’ve fallen victim to a Facebook hoax.

THERE IS A VIRUS SPREADING LIKE WILDFIRE ON
FB. IT IS A TROJAN WORM VIRUS CALLED KOOBFACE. IT WILL STEAL INFO,
INFEST YOUR SYSTEM AND SHUT IT DOWN. DO NOT OPEN THE LINK (BARACK OBAMA
CLINTON SCANDAL) FACEBOOK USERS DO NOT ADD HER!!! IF SOMEBODY CALLED
“SMARTGRRL15”, ADDS YOU, DON’T ACCEPT IT…IT IS A VIRUS. IF… SOMEBODY
ON UR LIST ADDS THEM, U GET THE VIRUS TOO. COPY AND PLEASE REPOST

What’s the deal with this warning?

First things first. You can’t get a virus or worm just by accepting a friend request.

Second, this fake warning has been going around for a few years. It’s made it’s way through various social networking and email systems. Now it’s making a stop at Facebook. Eventually it will probably disappear. Then it will reappear in a few years. By then people will have forgotten all about it, freak out, and repost it like they’re doing the world a favor.

Third, there’s a 15-year-old straight A student somewhere in the world right now who’s losing friends fast. Poor girl.

The Truth about Koobface

There is a worm named Koobface, and you don’t want to get it. Nasty little thing, it is. But friending someone on Facebook isn’t going to expose you to Koobface.

Approving every friend request that comes to you on Facebook, however, could boost your risk of getting malware. This happens because hackers some times create fake accounts and post what appear to be interesting links on their walls. If you fall for the trick and click the link, then you can expose yourself to malware. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid friend requests from people who aren’t actually your friends. Also, don’t go clicking on every wall post you see. If a link seems odd to you, then just resist the urge to click. It’s always possible that someone has hacked your friend’s Facebook account and is using it to spread malware links.

Safety first, people.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on May 5, 2010.

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