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Abe F. March
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PostSubject: FB Virus   Sun 3 Jul 2011 - 18:26

Just read this on FB.

Virus
spreading like wildfire on Fb and My Space! It is a trojan worm called
koobface. It will steal your info,invade your system and shut it down!
DO NOT open the link Barack Obama Clinton Scandal! If SmartGirl15
requests you as a friend, don't accept it - it's a virus! If somebody on
your list adds her, you get the virus too! Please copy and paste to
your wall. Confirmed on MSNBC and SNOPES! REPOST
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joefrank
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PostSubject: Re: FB Virus   Sun 3 Jul 2011 - 18:37

7/3/2011

Abe...

Evidently Face Book isn't that safe ! I logged off
I don't think I'll be going back their anytime soon....
Thanks for the tip. I'll have to let my niece know..

Cheers..Joe
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alice
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PostSubject: Re: FB Virus   Sun 3 Jul 2011 - 19:13

Thanks, Abe,

What a creepy thing. I think I will stay away for a bit.
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zadaconnaway
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PostSubject: Re: FB Virus   Mon 4 Jul 2011 - 6:17

Good grief, and just when I was going to try to be more active. Thanks for the heads up, Abe!!
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PostSubject: Re: FB Virus   Mon 4 Jul 2011 - 8:24

Facebook is a virus.

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dmondeo
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PostSubject: Re: FB Virus   Mon 4 Jul 2011 - 9:58

Facebook has a page about the virus here: http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=19911&ref_query=virus Please read it.

It is the fear of getting the virus that also does damage so take care.

Make sure your computer is running an up to date anti virus program and you should get a warning from it if you are invaded. Just to clarify and de-mystify the warning
The virus can't just invade your system. For it to work you have to agree (open the door) to download something when it asks. It may disguise this request in the form of a fake update.
Just don't accept a download request while you are on facebook, if an update is genuine it will remind you later. If you know the program the update is for then go to the website for that program and download it from there.
You won't get it by just using facebook so don't over react as that is part of the point of the virus.

One reason I never partake in those silly facebook games you get circulated, you know the ones like "Brian just answered a question about you! Find out his answer click here." They always request access to your personal details! Why?

Just be wise on the web is all I'm really saying.
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PostSubject: Re: FB Virus   Mon 4 Jul 2011 - 10:34

Ok here is a quote from the Wiki article on Koobface found on this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koobface

Hoax Warnings

The Koobface threat is also the subject of many hoax warnings
designed to trick social networking users into spreading misinformation
across the Internet. Various anti-scam websites such as Snopes.com and
ThatsNonsense.com have recorded many instances where alarmist messages
designed to fool and panic Facebook users have begun to circulate
prolifically using the widely publicized Koobface threat as bait. Popular examples are the "Barack Obama-Clinton Scandal" hoax which was popular in 2010.
Other misconceptions have spread regarding the Koobface threat,
including the false assertion that accepting "hackers" as Facebook
friends will infect a victim's computer with Koobface, or that Facebook
applications are themselves Koobface threats. These claims are untrue.
Other rumours assert that Koobface is much more dangerous than other
examples of malware and has the ability to delete all of your computer
files and "burn your hard disk." However, these rumours are inspired by
earlier fake virus warning hoaxes and remain false.


Remember a virus is just a program and no virus exists that can burn up your system, it is the panic it generates that often does more damage. Koobface is not the God of all computer virus.
Italics mine.




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alice
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PostSubject: Re: FB Virus   Mon 4 Jul 2011 - 13:18

Thanks, David,

That is reassuring.
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Abe F. March
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PostSubject: Re: FB Virus   Mon 4 Jul 2011 - 15:19

Thanks David.
I hesitate to forward warnings, but then to be on the safe side, a heads up can be a good thing. At least it alerts people to be cautious.
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PostSubject: Re: FB Virus   Mon 4 Jul 2011 - 15:43

Good point, Abe.

Caution is always prudent.
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