Facebook Porn Video Lures Many To Download Trojan Virus

Facebook porn isn’t something you see often, mostly because it violates the site’s terms of use. However, one version of it has literally gone viral.

Not only is it widespread and out of control, but if you click on the link, you will be prompted to download a trojan virus. Yes, it’s become viral in two ways.

Security researcher Mohammad Faghani explained how the virus spread so quickly.

“The trojan tags the infected user’s friends in an enticing post. Upon opening the post, the user will get a preview of a porn video which eventually stops and asks for downloading a (fake) flash player to continue the preview.

“The fake flash player is the downloader of the actual malware. We have been monitoring this malware for the last two days where it could infect more than 110K users only in two days and it is still on the rise.”

Those smart enough not to fall for this Facebook porn virus have probably kept in mind the fact that pornography of any kind violates the social media site’s terms of use. Knowing that, if someone you don’t know posts pornography, you have the right to report it directly to the administration and have it removed.

Keep it in mind that if you report a post from a friend, that friend may lose their account temporarily and need to have it reinstated, all because they were curious about a video.

This Facebook porn virus can take over your keyboard and mouse movements and potentially ruin your life. It may be a good idea if you’ve noticed anything unusual with your account to first scan your computer for viruses, including keyloggers which can read whatever you type (and potentially steal your credit card information). After these have been removed, log in to Facebook and change your password.

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Facebook is in the process of attempting to remove the virus, according to a spokesperson.

“We use a number of automated systems to identify potentially harmful links and stop them from spreading.

“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.”

You can still do your part to combat this Facebook porn virus by reporting any pornographic links you see instead of clicking on them.

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