The truth about the Facebook Knob Face worm

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Humans – dontcha just love ’em? And there are about 500 million of them on Facebook, and occasionally they try and help their fellow homo sapiens by sharing warnings about a new virus or worm storming across the network.

Here’s an example that I’ve seen many times in the last week or so:

“Virus spreading like wildfire on Facebook!! It is a Trojan worm called “Knob Face”. It will steal your info, invade your system and shut it down! DO NOT open the link “Barack Obama Clinton scandal”. If “Smartgirl 15″ adds you, don’t accept it; it is a virus. If somebody on your list adds her then you will get the virus too!! Copy and paste to your wall please”

Let’s look at this bit by bit, and see if we can get to the truth…

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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