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Yet another virus targeting Facebook users

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Facebook Another virus attack is targeting Facebook users. An email with the subject “Facebook Password Reset Confirmation” is being sent to users of the popular social networking site and the message body reads:

Dear user of facebook,
Because of the measures taken to provide safety to our clients, your password has been changed. You can find your new password in the attached document.
Thanks,
Your Facebook.

Obviously the message is a complete fake, and the attachment contains a virus. Fortunately most users should be able to spot this as such and avoid being infected. Whoever is behind this attack obviously either couldn’t be bothered to make it look the least bit legit or was too ignorant to do so because the poor grammar, generic greeting, and nonsensical sign off are immediate red flags. A legit email from a site you do business with or have an account with will address you by either your full name or username and will NEVER address you as “Dear User”. They will also never send you attachments and if they do need to change your password they will direct you to the site to log in and change it.

It’s important to keep your anti-virus program up to date, and make sure your passwords are unique and hard to guess. Avoid clicking on links that contain mostly gibberish and delete any emails claiming to be from sites you have an account on or do business with if they are badly written with poor grammar and generic greetings.

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  • koneck

    I'd have to check to see if my password still works before click on any links.