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    Malware attack targeting Facebook users affects 10,000 victims in 2 days

    A malware attack specifically targeting Facebook users has been uncovered by security researchers, which affected around 10,000 users in just two days. Between 24 and 27 June, thousands of Facebook users received messages from a "friend", claiming to have mentioned them on Facebook. The message was in reality, issued by hackers to launch a two-stage malware attack. For more please click on the link below:

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/facebook-us...ews&yptr=yahoo
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    Re: Malware attack targeting Facebook users affects 10,000 victims in 2 days

    This last season was also an attack on many visitors (multiple times sometimes) as well as we people that live in Negril with the creating of fake facebook accounts under your name. I took it to the Resort board meeting and made a police report on my incident. I was told by facebook investigators to let people know to check their names (search) monthly because it was of high incidence in Negril. After creating a fake account they would reach out to your friends and have inappropriate conversations, acting like you. This sent someone home early, because a man stopped them on street saying they were chatting and were to meet, when they didn't have the conversation!! Others took the conversations and showed others, but soon found out it wasn't them! Sad because this caused a lot of bad feeling .....social media isn't all its cracked up to be

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    Re: Malware attack targeting Facebook users affects 10,000 victims in 2 days

    one more reason to go Mac!

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    Re: Malware attack targeting Facebook users affects 10,000 victims in 2 days

    Quote Originally Posted by marco View Post
    one more reason to go Mac!
    macs are not immune if you are using the Chrome browser...
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    Re: Malware attack targeting Facebook users affects 10,000 victims in 2 days

    The Facebook malware mainly targeted users with Windows-based machines, but also those using Windows OS phones could have been at risk too. Android and iOS users were not impacted since the Facebook malware doesn’t user libraries compatible with these mobile OSs.

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    The Facebook malware mainly targeted users with Windows-based machines, but also those using Windows OS phones could have been at risk too. Android and iOS users were not impacted since the Facebook malware doesn’t user libraries compatible with these mobile OSs.

    I have been using macs for five years now and never have had an issue.....and the fact is Macs are far more immune from viruses thanPC's.....I havenever used any anti virus software
    Last edited by marco; 07-04-2016 at 07:42 AM.

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    Re: Malware attack targeting Facebook users affects 10,000 victims in 2 days

    Quote Originally Posted by marco View Post
    The Facebook malware mainly targeted users with Windows-based machines, but also those using Windows OS phones could have been at risk too. Android and iOS users were not impacted since the Facebook malware doesn’t user libraries compatible with these mobile OSs.

    I have been using macs for five years now and never have had an issue.....and the fact is Macs are far more immune from viruses thanPC's.....I havenever used any anti virus software
    Marco,

    The actual quote from the Kaspersky Lab article about the FB attack was:

    "People using Windows-based computers to access Facebook were at the greatest risk, while those using Windows OS phones could possibly have been at some risk. Users of Android and iOS mobile devices were immune since the malware used libraries which are not compatible with these mobile operating systems."

    The reason for this "greatest risk" is that more Windows machines use Chrome than do Macs.

    But if you think you dont have to worry about viruses, think again. The obviously biased "MacWorld" magazine ran an article earlier this year in May. Their opening lines were "Do Macs get viruses? Do Macs need antivirus software? The short answers are yes, and yes."

    http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac...mware-3454926/

    In February of this year, I posted that "ransomware" was going to be more in the news this year. According to the above article, one month later, "March 2016 saw the appearance of the first ever piece of Mac ransomware, distributed along with a version of a piece of legitimate software".

    So please become aware that Macs are not immune. This has been in the news since the first major Mac viruses hit in 2010/2011. There were small infections before that time, but very limited in numbers as the number of Macs were limited.

    As the Apple website states:

    "As a Mac user you don't have to live in fear that your computer is going to be infected every time you install an application, read email, or visit a web page. But neither should you have the false idea that you will always be safe, no matter what you do."
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    Re: Malware attack targeting Facebook users affects 10,000 victims in 2 days

    The reason for the original post was to inform our viewers of this latest FB scam.

    As many of you are aware, there has been an increase in the number of fake FB accounts.

    Please be careful on FB, and before you re-friend someone, check your existing friends list to see if they are already on your existing list.
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    Re: Malware attack targeting Facebook users affects 10,000 victims in 2 days

    actually Rob, if one has been updating their OS all along, n need t install virus protection. Also, viruses written for PC's as this one obviously was does not affect Macs. The conclusion therefore is that one is far less likely to have your computer infected by a Mac

    Whether those abilities are present in the version of OS X that you are running will likely depend on how old your Mac is and whether you’ve been upgrading the operating system along the way (if you haven’t, you really should you know) – malware detection was introduced with OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

    It operates in a way that many of you will know to be very similar to the antivirus programs that Windows users rely upon so heavily, quarantining content downloaded from the internet, using Code Signing certificates to verify the legitimacy of that content, and regularly downloading security updates that refresh a database of known threats targeting the Mac’s operating system.

    Whenever you attempt to open files downloaded by a quarantine-aware application (some examples of which are Safari, Messages and Mail), you will be presented with a dialog box which will remind you what you are opening, where you downloaded it from, and at what time. If everything checks out you can continue to open it, otherwise you can cancel it.

    Should you try and open a file that is known to be malicious, OS X from Snow Leopard onward will interrupt you with an alert box which will remind you what file you are trying to open, where you downloaded it from and at what time, along with a description of the issue it presents.

    If the alert says the file is malware and will damage your computer you should, of course, move it to trash or, if it is a disk image, eject it.

    Assuming you pay heed to those warnings and don’t open malicious files your Mac should stay virus free.



    http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/se...ained-3418367/
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    Last edited by marco; 07-04-2016 at 02:57 PM.

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    Re: Malware attack targeting Facebook users affects 10,000 victims in 2 days

    Hmmmmm.... sounds an awfully lot like making sure your Windows and antivirus are up to date. If all Windows users followed that same strategy, they would remain virus free as well.

    And although I am fully aware of both Mac and Windows updates, the average user is not. No operating system is perfect,. There is no need to play the "my OS is better than your OS" game here". The purpose of my original post was to inform our viewers of a situation that may be effecting them now.

    But thanks for explaining that Macs are only safe if you follow the same strategy as Windows users should.

    The next Mac update will be interesting...
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