The FarmVille ‘Three Spring Eggs’ virus is a hoax

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Panic is spreading quickly amongst FarmVille’s many online players following internet reports of a virus connected with sharing three eggs.

The Facebook farming simulation game, which is a huge hit on Facebook with over 80 million regular players, is currently being dogged with false reports that a virus is spreading via links which offer gamers the ability to send three eggs at once.

A typical warning being spread by concerned FarmVille players reads as follows:

RED ALERT!!! Norton has just informed me that the post for Send the 3 spring Eggs at a time is a virus, Rawand Bradosty is a HACKER from Pakistan, do not click on this post it is not legitimate, please copy and repost immediately.

The truth, however, is that we have not seen any virus being distributed in this manner and Rawand Bradosty appears to be having his name tarnished without justification. In fact, it could be argued that the warning is causing much more disruption and…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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.