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March 03, 2009

Facebook worm

Yes, there's a Facebook worm out there. Did anyone think that a site as popular as Facebook would not become a target for the worm, trojan and virus writers? The thing I'm having a little trouble with though is what is the value of a Facebook worm? No one uses their credit card or the like on hte site, so what's the point? What can you make from it?

Yes, I know the facebook worm Koobface is outside my normal salacious faire, but I felt the need to write about it (you’ll see why below). Basically it works by sending you a fake facebook/ myspace/ whatever email that appears to be from one of your friends – a link to a fake youtube video.

The facebook worm then works by telling you that you need to upgrade your adobe flash player (or whatever it’s called). But what you click on is not indeed an upgrade, but a virus that hijacks your computer. And not in the “fun” sense of the word “hijacks”.

Ahhhh, OK, that makes sense. The Facebook worm isn't so much about Facebook, it's about creating a zombie computer. That does have value.

A new strain of Koobface worm, a type of web application virus, is resurfacing in Facebook and Myspace. Security experts warn the users of the popular online social networks to be watchful and use caution when on the networks. The "Koobface" Facebook worm tricks users and hijacks accounts.

The value of a zombie computer is that it can be used to send out lots more spam, to possibly infect other computers. As well, of course, of getting your passwords and so on from your own.

There are many more stories about this, here's a selection of them:

Evading the Facebook worm
The Week Magazine - USA
The Facebook worm is back, said Gregg Keizer in Computerworld. And this time the malware that plagued gullible Facebook users around the world in December ...
Facebook worm: As Facebook's popularity grows, so do attacks on users
Orlando Sentinel - Orlando,FL,USA
With more than 175 million users, it's no surprise that social-networking site Facebook is increasinly being targeted by viruses and worms. ...
Koobface worm slithers onto Facebook
Brisbane Times - Brisbane,Queensland,Australia
Facebook addicts beware, a new wave of socially engineered worms and trojans is headed your way as criminals seek new ways to cash in on the popularity of ...
Facebook Worm "Koobface" Is Unsightly
Times of the Internet - North Olmsted,Ohio,USA
The "Koobface" or Facebook worm is back and attacking users of the popular MySpace and Facebook social networks. The virus, which was first reported on in ...
New Koobface Version Hits The Web Right In The Facebook
Portal IT - Bucharest,Romania
Facebook and other social networking websites have been attacked by a new version of the Koobface worm. Dubbed WORM_KOOBFACE.AZ, the new malware will seek ...

Facebook Worm, Facebook Virus, Koobface
By ~ Jim
There has been a lot of noise on the Internet today about the Facebook Worm named Koobface. I have had a computer for over15 years and have never had a virus or worm. It’s not that I have the best anti-virus out there because there is ...

Facebook Worm “Koobface” Morphs Into New Form
By JR Raphael
Koobface, the Facebook worm that takes over computers by spreading through the social network, is back in a new form. The newly tweaked Facebook worm works like its predecessor, only with an updated look and code that might not be ...

Koobface Myspace and Facebook Worm Attacks Again | Facebook News
By jps
Koobface Virus, also known as Facebook Worm or Facebook Virus has resurfaced to attack Facebook and Myspace users. This Facebook worm, which has been a hot.

Koobface type facebook worm found again | TopGoogleTrends
By admin
Koobface type facebook worm found again Worm Resurfaces on Facebook, MySpace Security experts are warning users of Facebook, MySpace and other.

†††††† † Facebook Worm Koobface - Facebook Worm Friend Request ...
By cpTimes.com
If it’s Tuesday, there must be another Facebook worm virus koobface thing going around. Basically, the new rule should be that any Facebook email you get (or Hi5, MySpace, Bebo, MyYearbook, Friendster, Livejournal or any other social ...

Koobface worm steals Facebook users’ personal data (Newsday) | My Blog
By Yahoo! News Search Results for facebook worm
Cyber-crooks are targeting social-networking websites Computer security specialists warn that Facebook users have been hit with a series of data-stealing attacks in the past week as cyber crooks increasingly stalk social-networking ...

world of free stuff: New Facebook worm threat!!
By free
Security experts are warning users of Facebook, MySpace and other social networking communities to be on guard against a new strain of the "Koobface" worm, which spreads by tricking users into responding to a message apparently sent ...

Beware of a facebook worm threat that can control your computer ...
By Harmony the Sleepy Cat
Beware of a facebook worm threat that can control your computer without you knowing. That's why i don't own one. Embedded video from CNN Video. Related Posts : Facebook worm, News. Stumble Upon Toolbar. Labels: Facebook worm, News ...

Koobface worm to users: Be my Facebook friend | The Industry Standard
By IDG News Service
A worm that hit Facebook last December has resurfaced, a security researcher said today, and is now hijacking user accounts -- not only for that social networking service, but also for MySpace, ...

New Koobface Worm variant hits Facebook
By DG
In this scam, users receive a message with a link, purporting to be from a friend from the user's contact list, along with a spoofed version of YouTube. Once users click the link, they are taken to a site supposedly hosting.

Breitbart.tv » Facebook Fights New Koobface Worm
By Liz
CNET%3A+The+landing+page+displays+the+name+and+photo+of+the+friend.+Clicking+the+%22install%22+button+redirects+to+a+download+site+for+the+file+%22setup.exe%2C%22+which+is+the+new+variant+of+Koobface+dubbed+Worm_Koobface.az.

New Koobface Worm Variant Spreads Across Facebook, Myspace, Hi5 ...
By CyberInsecure
A new strain of the Koobface worm is spreading across numerous social networking sites. The malware posts invitations to the friends of infected users inviting.

Facebook fights new Koobface worm
By Cyberstick
Like flies to cow dung, rogue apps are swarming to Facebook. The popular social-networking site has been hit by what's believed to be the fourth rogue.

Facebook fights new Koobface worm, another rogue app : News ...
By zdnews-asia@cnet.com (Elinor Mills)
Popular social-networking site Facebook has been hit by what's believed to be the fourth rogue app in a week or so and is investigating the spread of a new variant of the Koobface worm.

Facebook Users Are Warned on New Variant of Koobface Worm | TechIndia
By Krish
Facebook users must be extra careful when receiving messages from friends who send you a link to lead you to a video site as this could be a virus. When users.

Koobface worm slithers onto Facebook » OzCrunch
By SMH.com.au Staff
Facebook addicts beware, a new wave of socially engineered worms and trojans is headed your way as criminals seek new ways to cash in on the popularity of social networks.

Koobface worm to users: Be my Facebook friend - Soft-Go.Com Blog
By vstefan
The Koobface worm is again making the rounds on Facebook, said Jamz Yaneza, a research project manager with Trend Micro Inc. “But this is an improved version with some interesting functions,” he said. Like the variant that hit Facebook ...

Facebook fights new Koobface worm, another rogue app
By FlatBroke
Like flies to cow dung, rogue apps are swarming to Facebook. The popular social-networking site has been hit by what's believed to be the fourth rogue app in a week or so and is investigating the.

Fudzilla
For some reason Facebook users worldwide have been duped into downloading a worm called Koobface via fake video links and now a new variant to the worm emerged. This uploads a spoof YouTube page when you click on a video link, ...

[H] Enthusiast --- enthusiast.hardocp.com
Trend Micro has posted a warning about a new variant of the Koobface worms making the rounds on Facebook. How many worm and vulnerabilities have their been on Facebook in that last 30 days? This is getting downright embarrassing. ...

New Koobface Variant Hits Facebook, Targets Other Social Networks ...
By Steve
Researchers at Trend Micro are reporting a new variant of the Koobface worm is squiggling through Facebook, infecting users and attempting to steal.

» Facebook fights new Koobface worm, another rogue app | Blog ...
By CNET News.com
Facebook fights new Koobface worm, another rogue app | Blog Archive | Worlds Tech News.

Thoughts of a Technocrat: New Variant of Koobface Worm Spreading ...
By Technocrat
New Variant of Koobface Worm Spreading on Facebook. Via TrendLab's Malware Blog -. I just received a Facebook message from a friend; it was a pretty standard one that is beginning to look familiar to a lot of us I am sure. ...


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its called a botnet

Posted by: lilz | Mar 4, 2009 3:43:14 AM

Really good post.........

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Posted by: Jim Gaudet | Mar 4, 2009 8:49:29 PM