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facebook link on my wall, but should I click on it?


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#1 chromebuster

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 12:12 PM

Hi guys,
I just got an email in my inbox informing me that my aunt shared a link on my facebook wall. Apparently it's a video regarding the execution of Osama Ben Laden? I haven't clicked it yet, because I never know what's safe on there to click around with. has anyone else seen that one, and if so, is it legitimate?

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 06:19 PM

No way Jose. You'll get infected. And if that email addy is legit, that person's email has been compromised. She should change her password. If you click on that, your email addy will spam your entire address book.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 06:28 PM

Good thing then that after checking the story on CNN and finding out it was true, I somehow clicked anyway, but it was blocked by the time Mozilla opened it. FB itself blocked it. Does that mean anything?

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 07:32 PM

The malware writers are already hard at work exploiting all aspects of the bin laden story.

Poisoned search links, video`s etc.

Your first move should have been to contact the sender to verify if they had really sent it. Even having done that does not mean it is`t infected.

As stated by Frankp316. Not clicking would have been the preferred action.
Checking with your Aunt would be the next step IMO.

It is for reasons like this and others that I avoid facebook.
As to why it was blocked. I do`t know facebook`s policies. It may have been infected. It may have been due to subject material.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 07:39 PM

Yeah, that's exactly why I'm not on Facebook. Their security leaves a lot to be desired. The warning link below was in my Twitter feed. I follow @TweetSmarter There are two possibilities. Either you were infected and you should do appropriate virus and malware scans and pick it up before any damage is caused. Or your email will be turned into a spambot and you should change your password.






http://www.infosecurity-us.com/view/17720/bin-laden-related-malware-prompts-fbi-warning-/

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 07:40 PM

I'll check with her when I can, but I have no idea of her email address, and considering what that thing does, even getting it would be useless.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 07:43 PM

I think that if I was infected, NOD32 would have told me by now. And this will be a real nasty one if something did happen considering my email address is attached to everything I've signed up for. And wouldn't that look bad if a college email address was sending spam? Just great ...

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 08:04 PM

NOD32 is a very good and highly respected AV.

However. No one program catches everything.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 08:33 PM

Looks like a scam the 3rd (final) step in the verification is to fill out a survey. :hysterical:
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Posted 03 May 2011 - 08:37 PM

I'm sure I don't even want to know what kind of questions it asks?

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 04:57 AM

Doesn't seem like it carried a virus. But at the very least, you should change your email password so you don't get turned into a spambot.




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