A recent case involving a Microsoft employee from Seattle, Bryan Gutberg, highlighted the need to protect your FaceBook details in the same way, and be as wary surfing around FaceBook as you are the rest of the net.
This story was first reported by Bob Sullivan, respected cyber-scam reported for MSNBC. In the tale, hackers somehow gained access to Gutberg’s login and password – most likely through a keylogger, or a Trojan such as Zlob or Vundo.
They logged into his FaceBook account and posted a status update saying “Bryan IS IN URGENT NEED OF HELP!” They had also emailed all of his contacts, saying that he had been robbed and that he was in need of money to get home. Many of his friends were ‘defriended’ on FaceBook, so he wasn’t able to have them post messages on his wall letting his FaceBook-contact only friends know that they were the victims of a scam.
One of Gutberg’s friends did fall for the scam – his good-heartedness cost him US$1,200. He wired $600 through Western Union, and then a further $600 at the scammers’ behest.
Trojans and other malware that are designed to steal passwords can quite easily obtain your FaceBook account details from your computer. You can fight these infections by ensuring that you regularly use anti-malware software (certified, not rogue!), keeping all of your programs updated and patched, and taking online browsing precautions like not installing extra codecs.
FaceBook is also urging customers to be aware when they click on links in emails to access their accounts. FaceBook regularly sends these emails with links, so they are a ripe target for scammers. Pay extra attention that the FaceBook login page looks as you remember it, and access your account by opening a new browser window and typing in the address directly wherever you can.
Guest Writer: This is a guest post by Kristopher Dukes of 411-Spyware.com – an invaluable asset in the battle against malware. Pay a visit to 411-Spyware.com, and I’m convinced you’ll become a regular visitor.
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