Funny Video Facebook scam
Some computer users refer to the newest Trojan infection as the funny Facebook video scam, but there is nothing positive about it. The new Albanian scam was created to infect multiple target computers worldwide in order to steal personal information and money. It all begins when a user notices a video his or her news feed. The Facebook video appears to display a woman taking off her clothes. It even plays for a few seconds, but after a moment it redirects users to an infected Flash Player.exe file that should download an Adobe flash update.
This kind of tactics is often employed by adware and other potentially unwanted programs. The disturbing fact about this Facebook video scam is that by downloading the fake Adobe update users get infected with a Trojan. This Trojan file is called Trojan.Agent.BDYV. When it enters the target computer is installs a .bat file and a password-protected archive. Trojans can communicate with the hackers behind them via remote servers, so when Trojan.Agent.BDYV receives the correct password; the .bat file runs the aforementioned archive.
It does not matter which browser you use on a regular basis. According to the security news reports, the criminals behind Facebook video scam employ an add-on network that can function on several browsers. They also did bother to create more than 20,000 unique URLs that look like genuine YouTube hyperlinks. What is more, in order to bypass Facebook security, the cybercriminals have acquired more than 60 bit.ly API keys. These keys help them create shortened URLs. Due to the fact that most of these short links are generated at random, affected users cannot avoid them even if they blacklist a few. So, in order for the Facebook video scam to spread, all it takes is a browser and Facebook account.
As it has been mentioned above, the scam makes use of an add-on network to distribute the fake video. It means that upon the infection a new extension is added to your browser. If that were not enough, this add-on can access your personal data on Facebook, consequently tagging up to 20 of your friends, successfully injecting video scam advertisements into their pages. It means that if you are exposed to the Facebook video scam ad on your timeline, it is very likely that one of your friends has gotten infected already.
Computer security experts emphasize how important it is NOT to click on anything you see on your timeline, even if it supposedly comes from your friends. Consider whether the link you are seeing is really something your friend would post out in public. Do not forget that cybercriminals work hard to make their scams look like the real deal. Even this Facebook video scam makes an impression that the video has been viewed for more than a million times! Trust your gut, and do not be so eager as to go for sensational videos at once. The best piece of advice we can give you is to exercise caution whenever you are about to click something on Facebook.
In, unfortunately, you have watched the video already; it is very likely that you have the aforementioned Trojan infection on your computer. Trojans are not something that can be easily removed manually. It requires good system knowledge and the experience of working with Windows Registry Editor. If you are not an experienced computer user, you are strongly advised to invest in a legitimate antimalware program. Reliable computer security tool is your best choice when it comes to deleting Trojans and other infections. What is more, such programs can also safeguard your system against similar infections in the future. It is true that a prevention is better than treatment, but if you get affected by Facebook video scam, you need to know how to deal with it as well.