A computer virus dubbed ‘Koobface’ is getting spread through the messaging system of social networking sites, like Facebook posing a threat to the users similar to other malware attacks over the years. Users whose computers are infected may have their credit card numbers stolen or their searches on Google, Yahoo and MSN diverted to deceptive Web sites.
As social networking sites allow messages only between fellow members who are confirmed friends, it is through messages sent from those with the virus-infected computer that Koobface is spread.
Messages arrive in Facebook inboxes with “you look just awesome in this new movie” or title which will be something similar, and direct readers to another Web site to supposedly watch the clip. Once they are on the video site, another message says an update of Flash is needed before the video can be displayed. The viewer is prompted to open a file called flash_player.exe, and downloading the software infects the victim’s computer with the virus.