I am among the many people using social networking sites to keep in touch with friends and business contacts. But there is a threat to the connections and sharing: an online spoiler in the form of “koobeface” worm
The latest online threat arrives as an invitation from a user’s friend or contact, inviting them to click on a link and view a video at a fake YouTube site and install an Adobe flash plug-in.
Instead, the worm installs a Trojan program, giving control of the infected user’s computer according to security experts.
Trend Micro, which documented the new strain, recommends using caution when clicking on links in unsolicited messages, even if they appear to come from someone you know.
Also, don’t install applications or programs you aren’t looking for and research any program before installing!
This warning is one of several recent attempts by scammers to exploit social networking sites. I read InformationWeek’s Thomas Claburn’s recent report on a link showing up on Facebook possibly harvesting personal information.
There are many ways to protect your personal and business data; a big one is education for computer users. SBTV.com has a number of streaming video segments on computer security, articles and podcasts to keep you informed on threats.