Facebook Password Reset Confirmation emails carry malware

Graham Cluley

Are you one of the more than 300 million active users of Facebook?

If you are, then be very careful if you receive an unsolicited email claiming to come from

“The Facebook Team” <service@facebook.com>

which tells you that they have changed your password:

The emails, which all have the subject line “Facebook password resent confirmation email.”, claim that the recipient’s new password is contained in the attached file (named Facebook_Password_4cf91.zip).

The reality, of course, is that these emails are not really from Facebook and have been spammed out widely across the internet. The “from” address has been forged, and the attached file is in fact a piece of malware. (Sophos detects the malware as Troj/BredoZp-M or Mal/Bredo-A)

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.