I got an email from a colleague:
Subject: “My Facebook account got hacked.”
I wonder if you could give me some guidance here –
I received the following email from Facebook:
From: Facebook [XXXXXX@facebook.com]
Subject: Security Warning From Facebook
We have detected suspicious activity on your Facebook account and have temporarily suspended your account as a security precaution.
You can regain control of your account by logging into Facebook here: www.facebook.com and following the on-screen instructions.
Please be sure to visit the Facebook Help Center www.facebook.com/help for further information regarding these security issues and let us know if you need assistance.
Facebook Security Team
The problem here is the above email is not from Facebook.
Even though the email address and the links point to Facebook, it’s not a Facebook communication. Once you start clicking links you’re either heading to a spoofed website designed to extract your passwords or the link will download something to your device giving a criminal back door access to your device.
Reuters reported a while back “Hackers have long targeted Facebook users, sending them tainted messages via the social networking company’s own internal email system. With this new attack, they are using regular Internet email to spread their malicious software.
McAfee estimates that hackers sent out tens of millions of spam across Europe, the United States and Asia since the campaign began on Tuesday.”
Dave Marcus, McAfee’s director of malware research and communications, said that he expects the hackers will succeed in infecting millions of computers.
With a billion people on Facebook, even if 1 percent of them click the links, that lots and lots of potential victims.
Tip 1: Do not open the attachment. Promptly delete the Facebook scam email.
Tip 2: Consumers can protect their computer from this type of cybercrime by installing a complete security software suite that includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall protection.
Tip 3: Consumers should make sure they are running the most up-to-date security software and their subscription is active.
Tip 4: If consumers are unsure if their security software vendor has an update for this type of malware, McAfee recommends that they check for and install any available updates, then immediately run a full scan.
Robert Siciliano personal security and identity theft expert and speaker. He is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Identity Was Stolen. See him knock’em dead in this identity theft prevention video.
Robert Siciliano is a contributing blogger for JenningsWire.
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