Koobface Worm Strikes Facebook Users

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CBNNews.com  - Facebook, the leading social-networking community, has become the latest hunting ground for cyber crooks looking to steal precious user information.

Many users have been victims of a data-stealing attack called Koobface, a variation on the spelling of Facebook, that stole their personal passwords and other private information.

"We have a rogue application that happened this weekend," said Trend Micro research manager Jamz Yaneza. "It was an application that got through security at Facebook. Kudos to Facebook for shutting it down real quick."

The latest attack posed as a message claiming to be from friends who wanted to share digital video of the person receiving the message. The link prompted unsuspecting users to download malicious software - the Koobface worm.

Yaneza said the worm doesn't just affect the users Facebook account.

"It steals your cookie on your desktop; not just for Facebook but for a half-dozen social networking Web sites including MySpace," Yaneza said. "It tries to log in as you, goes through your address book and starts posting messages and comments."

Yaneza advises computer users to use complex passwords for each online account so if hackers get a hold of one key they cannot open other locks.

He also advised being selective about selecting Facebook friends and not clicking on links that take you outside your online communities.

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