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10,000 Facebook Users Infected With A malware In 48 Hours

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In a recent incident, over 10 thousand Facebook accounts got infected with malware. And, it took just 48 hours for the malware infection to spread. The spread of the malware was detected by the Internet Security Firm “Kapersky Lab”.
The malware scrumptiously infects the systems of the users even before they know it, and spread across their users without being detected. The attacker of the malware has implemented a simple technique. The targeted person is mentioned in a comment by the hackers. The targeted victim will get a notification of being mentioned in a comment.
When the victims clicks on the notification, a malware gets installed on their computer by exploiting the vulnerability of Google Chrome browser. An extension, which contains the malware is installed on the Chrome Browser.
It embeds a secondary script on the computer of the victim, which is executed whenever the victim access their Facebook account. This script virtually allows the hacker to gain a complete access over the Facebook account of the victim. The malware also extracts critical user information such as the user id and password and also makes changes to the settings of the users.
This malware easily spreads among the other users in the network of the victims who the victims contact. This increases the spread of the malware at an exponential rate, which is evident from the fact that it has spread to over 10,000 accounts within a matter of 48 hours.
There is however a good news for the users who access their Facebook account over their iPhone or any Android phone as the malware is unable to compromise the security of iOS and Android. It seems to have been designed to specifically target the vulnerabilities of Google Chrome.
Kapersky Lab has specified certain precautions:
• Install an antivirus and scan the computer
• If any weird files with names such as ekl.au3 ,thnudoaitawxjvuGB , autoit.exe are detected, delete them immediately
• Be cautious while clicking on any link in a comment in which your name is mentioned from unknown users
• Check the extensions that are installed on Chrome and uninstall those extensions which are either suspicious or if you haven’t installed them
With these precautions you will be able to keep your Facebook account safe



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