Malware spread as Facebook photo tag notification

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Be wary of emails claiming to be from Facebook, and saying that you have been tagged in a photograph.

Because it might be that you’re the next potential victim of a malware attack.

SophosLabs has intercepted a spammed-out email campaign, designed to infect recipients’ computers with malware.

Here is an example of what a typical email can look like:

Subject: Christine McLain Gibbs tagged a photo of you on Facebook
From: Facebook <notification@faceboook.com>

(Did you notice what was odd about the email? The ‘from’ address misspells Facebook as “Faceboook” with three “o”s)

If you click on the link in the email, you are not taken immediately to the real Facebook website.

Instead, your browser is taken to a website hosting some malicious iFrame script (which takes advantage of the…

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.

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