There's a video link making its way around Facebook and infecting computers with a dangerous virus. It's already infected 110,000 Facebook users in only 48 hours.
The link claims to lead viewers to a pornographic video. It spreads by posting the link to infected Facebook pages and tagging the user's friends in the post. When someone click the link, it takes them to a page playing the video. Then, it asks them to install a new version of Flash Player. The bogus download will actually infect your computer with malware. Facebook is aware of the problem and trying to get rid of it.
“We use a number of automated systems to identify potentially harmful links and stop them from spreading,” a Facebook spokesperson told Threatpost. “In this case, we’re aware of these malware varieties, which are typically hosted as browser extensions and distributed using links on social media sites. We are blocking links to these scams, offering cleanup options, and pursuing additional measures to ensure that people continue to have a safe experience on Facebook.”
The malware is serious and can "manipulate keystrokes and mouse movement."
The easiest way to protect yourself is to simply not click the link. Remember, hackers like to post risqué and inappropriate content to try to convince users to click infected links. Remember this Facebook virus from last year?
You can't trust a post just because it comes from one of your friends. Cybercriminals can infect pages and use them to spread harmful content. If a link looks inappropriate, you should play it safe and stay away.
If you spot a post that you think is a fake, you should still report it. You can also report inappropriate or dangerous content to Facebook by clicking the upside down arrow in the top right corner of the post and selecting Report Post.
Hackers are pulling out all the stops these days to trick you into downloading malware and viruses. That's why you need anti-virus software to protect your computer from these threats.