The Facebook ‘Stupidity’ virus warning meme

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

In the wake of the recent headlines about privacy concerns and the widespread “sexiest video ever” malware attack against Facebook users earlier this week, I’ve been keeping a close eye on the messages people post publicly to see how they’re coping, and what general advice they give to each other about security and privacy issues.

One of the things I’ve noticed is a growing number of people sharing a joke virus warning with eachother.

A typical version reads:

Another Virus is Spreading Like Wild Fire on FACEBOOK. IT’S CALLED “STUPIDITY”. It makes U join FAKE FAN PAGES Promising FREE STUFF 4 Your Games. This Virus Spreads to ALL Ur Friends and they TOO Become Stupid. There is No Known Cure For this as of YET, Only Precaution is When Someone Invites U to become 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.