User Warned Against Fake Facebook Security Page

Cybercrime is targeting social media often and recently an attack is found on Facebook. On 2nd may, 2013 Trend Micro- an internet service provider identifies phishing attack with a fake page asking for credit card details on leading social networking site Facebook.

The malware, TSPY_MINOCDO.A, asks for completing security check with tagline” Security checks help keep Facebook trustworthy and free of spam". Users in a hurry provide personal details like full name, address, credit card type, credit card number, expiry month, etc. by filling details users are exposing their credit card information to phisher. Trend Micro has also disclosed that the malware carries out DNS queries to several domain names. The latest malware alert came when Symantec Internet Security Threat Report of 2012 disclosed that there is a 280% increase in bot-net infection in India. Even Netherland stands on acme position in Phishing scam with one in 123 emails ratio in 2012.

Symantec said that there was an understandable focal point among cybercriminals to target persons, systems, and organizations to earn maximum profit.

Trend Micro said the malware is mainly hazardous as it has quite a few backup features that build it more complicated to remove. This new attack is based on an executable file that rests in the startup folder of Windows computers and thus always remains active. It is performed every time when the user visits or, by discovering the address entered by the user.

Anthony Joe, Trend Micro threat response engineer said, “The goal is to redirect users who visit Facebook to a spoofed page, which claims to be a part of the social networking website’s security check feature”.

Phishing is an inevitable crime in the cyber world where phisher creates a fake webpage pretending a legitimate website page and steals financial information, user details, and misuse the information against users. It may ruin social life and may hit financial aspect of an individual.
However these security check page has no connection with Facebook website and are just made to steal the confidential information of facebook users.

It is in the interest of users to run anti-virus software on their system. Users need to be very careful mainly while downloading files from the internet. Facebook or any other social networking sites will not at all ask you for your financial data.

If you are running online business then you must have SSL protocol that provides strong encryption and protection against Phishing, malware and other vulnerabilities.


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