Facebook Email Scam, McAfee Issues WarningMarch 19th, 2010 - 7:32 pm ICT by GD
By Ranjan Bhaduri
Washington, Mar 19, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Social networking and scam- two sides of the same coin. A pile of instances to support the statement. This time it’s the passwords which are threatened to be hacked. No bluff since McAfee has issued a warning to Facebook users as they detected the latest email scam under their system.
It all kicked off with a bunch of emails that read “Facebook Password Reset Confirmation! Customer Support” being sent to the Facebook users that urges them to change their current password being modified. The gullible users then would go ahead with clicking on the link within the email hoping to change it. The trick is whenever one clicks on the link a program that is basically a “password stealer” is being downloaded onto the respective system. Now, it is this newly downloaded program which shall allow the hackers to retrieve and extract not only the Facebook password but all stored passwords that you may use frequently like your email password. Web security firm McAfee has thus issued warnings urging all Facebook users to delete any such mails that they receive in their inbox.
McAfee said that the attachment which is believed to be a password snatcher when installed on a system opens up new avenues of hacking for all hackers. This doesn’t mean they will be only snatching away your Facebook password but also any other stored passwords that you use. Owing to the fact that Facebook is the most popular among all social networking sites with huge number of members, the hackers are more prone to have drawn their attention towards Facebook and its user groups.
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