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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Koobface Virus Targets Facebook Users

With 120 million users Facebook is increasingly becoming the target of virus writers. Facebook users are being advised that a new threat has been uncovered which is being dubbed the Koobface virus. The virus is propagated via Facebook's messaging system and shows up as a message with subject headers like, “You look just awesome in this new movie,” upon opening the message the user is directed to a website which prompts them to download a file that it claims is an update of Adobe's Flash player. Once infected the virus takes users to contaminated sites when they try to visit search engines from Google, Yahoo, MSN and Facebook is telling members to delete contaminated e-mails and has provided directions on how to clean infected computers at

Globe and Mail story.