It's what sheep are for isn't it?
A new strain of cybercrime Trojan is targeting Facebook users by taking over their machines and shaking them down for cash. Carberp, like its predecessors ZeuS and SpyEye, infects machines by tricking punters into opening PDFs and Excel documents loaded with malicious code, or attacks computers in drive-by downloads. The hidden …
It's what sheep are for isn't it?
Ahh, the bitterness and snide comments that come with having no friends. Is spending all your time on Usernet Star Trek groups really any better?
What has Facebook got to do with friendship?
"What has Facebook got to do with friendship?"
In fact research has shown that the Facebook generation have fewer real friends that they trust to help them with life issues than previous generations.
I think a trojan that steals all your FB friends would be a lot more fun to watch. And you don't need e-cash to play on Usenet. But you better keep your mitts off my original Sulu doll, y'hear?
That's a little harsh and bitter isn't it? Wouldn't let you have an account due to being an arse on other websites? So when they get bored with fleecing FB users and come after your chosen websites, are you going to be so flippant?
I dislike the whole FB thing but if people wish to use it, that's their business and as such they should be free to use it without harassment from scum like this extortionists.
Nope, it's the FB corporate mission statement isn't it?
When it says carefully crafted PDF's, can i assume that adobe reader has to be installed, or will this affect the sensible amongst us that use an open source/alternative such as foxit or sumatra...
There's the give away.
Most of the PDF's being generated by your average office drone are utter drivel.
Heck, on a GNU/Linux box one should be running AV also - mostly to avoid passing infection on to the less fortunate. :-)
Heck, one should probably only use the browser from within a VM, that way any infection can be erased with a simple "Revert to previous snapshot".
I'm not sure AV software can insure you against this (no idea, I don't use any myself), but you can configure even the dreaded Adobe Free PDF Reader to simply ignore any attached java, effectively rendering you immune to this type of attack.
True, this breaks things for PDFs where java would come in useful, but so far with me, I haven't missed or even noticed the lack of java causing issues.
...how this is a problem?
I mainly use Facebook to post funny things I've found while meandering in odd corners of the internet and for occasionally keeping in touch with people I don't often see.
If this kept a few of the idiots off Facebook it would be a more pleasant place!
...off Facebook, it would be empty!
High 5 !
"...it would be empty!"
It would be Google +
Not all of them, but very few may survive.
I posted a link to this on FB, what's the chances that there are still people on my list that get caught with this, lmao
There's some thick feckers about, lol
Which platforms does it affect? (I'm guessing Windows)
"replaces any Facebook page the user navigates to with a fake page notifying the victim that their Facebook account is temporarily locked"
Where can I find this wonderful application so I can install it on all our corporate laptops. Doesn't sound like malware to me!
Firefox + Noscript win again!