Facebook Worm 'Koobface' Morphs Into New Form

JR

Koobface, the Facebook worm that takes over computers by spreading through the social network, is back in a new form. The newly tweaked Facebook worm works like its predecessor, only with an updated look and code that might not be caught as quickly.

The new variant, discovered by researchers at Trend Micro, poses as a YouTube page. It'll even display your name and photo from Facebook to give a nonthreatening appearance to unsuspecting users.

"It also sends and receives information from an infected machine by connecting to several servers," says Trend Micro's Rik Ferguson. "This allows hackers to execute commands on the affected machine."

The new Koobface virus has also been detected on several other social networks, including MySpace, Bebo, Friendster, Hi5, and Live Journal.

Once you do follow a link, never install software updates directly from that page. If you receive a notice that you need an update for your Adobe Flash player, navigate directly to adobe.com and look for the update at the original source. That's the safest way to know you're getting the real deal, and not a Facebook worm in disguise.

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