New Virus Targets Facebook, MySpace and Twitter Users
Facebook isn't just a place to hook up with ex-girlfriends from high school anymore. Companies large and small are now using it for networking and
legitimate business tasks. Unfortunately, it can also be a place to hook your company's network up with some nasty viruses.
The latest one, a worm called Koobface, has hit all the social networks, including Facebook, MySpace, hi5, Bebo and Twitter, and can riddle your
network with malware, spyware and can steal sensitive data right from your workstations' hard drives. Like past generations of computer bugs,
Koobface wants to not only infect your computer, but then use you as a jumping off point to infect others. But unlike past viruses, Koobface and
similar new malware programs are leveraging your company's social network account to reach out and infect your online friends and business
"Somewhere in the world there are some guys sitting around and dreaming up things that will make you click on a link," said Chip Reaves, global
director of Computer Troubleshooters, the largest international network of outsourced IT providers that offers onsite computer services to small
businesses. "Koobface's most effective way to spread is to send links to your friends with text like â€˜I can't believe it's you in this video - were you
sober? LOL!' Koobface combines state-of-the-art software which can infect your computer in multiple ways with these creative lures designed to make
you want to click on the infected links. It's pretty insidious."
According to an analysis by malware research firm Trend Micro, Koobface is composed of as many as 26 separate functional pieces, each of which is
designed to use you and your computer in different malicious ways.
Reaves suggests these tips to protect your office network:
â€¢ Anti-virus, Anti-spyware
First and foremost every computer user on the Internet needs professional, up-to-date protection software. This should at a minimum include both
anti-virus and anti-spyware su