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Aug 4 2008   5:26AM GMT

MySpace & Facebook targeted by worms says Kaspersky Lab

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan

Security company Kaspersky Lab is warning of a new worm that targets MySpace and Facebook users.The worm variants are spread through the popular social networking sites, turning infected machines into zombies – PCs illicitly controlled by hackers to carry out tasks like denial of service attacks.

The Net-Worm.Win32.Koobface.a is activated when a user accesses their MySpace account, and is spread when it automatically comments on linked friend’s sites. Facebook is targeted by Net-Worm.Win32.Koobface.b, which sends messages to the infected user’s contacts through the Facebook site.

Both worms then direct would-be victims to a bogus Youtube link, where they will then receive a message telling them that they need to install the latest version of Flash Player. Instead of downloading the latest version of Flash Player however, the link then installs the worm, which installs the Facebook version of the worm if the user visited the site from MySpace, and vice versa, to increase the infection rates from the worm.

Do access Kaspersky web site for more information.

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