Shock! Facebook cycle-slut smutvid is adware front
You'll get your screen all splattered ... with popups
Facebook users should suppress any temptation to check out a link supposedly touting the "world's sexiest video", which is slutting its way around the social network.
Malicious posts, seemingly from a user's friend on Facebook, promise "candid camera" footage by clicking on a thumbnail of a woman wearing a short skirt and riding an exercise bicycle. In reality the posts are a fake and offer only malware.
Users who respond to the pitch are redirected to a page pushing adware, under the false pretence that the irksome application offers a video codec supposedly missing on a mark's system and "needed" to render the (non-existent) video clip. Windows users who fall for the ruse will find their screen liberally splattered with useless pop-ups, net security firm Sophos warns.
Surfers are advised to ignore the lurid lures.
More details on the attack, including screenshots and a video explaining the attack, can be found in a post by Websense here. ®
So let me get this right...
We're being told to avoid clicking on a link to see a video, and for more information, please see this link and view a video about it. Hmmm...
U haz new codecs yes?
Wow, a moody "you need this codec" scam as a way of getting malware onto a machine? Do people still fall for this one?
I only ask because I'm pretty sure this one was first mentioned in the Book of Genesis.......
is anyone still fooled by the old codec scam?
Apparently so. Then again I'm sure the marks would have clicked on it had it said "your PC needs a new flange alternator, click here" as long as you put an OK button on there Windows users will click it every time. You could probably say "Click here to be infected by a nasty virus that will destroy your computer and your credibility" and people would dutifully click OK without reading it.
That's the trouble with Microsoft, they've trained their users to click OK 5 times in a row every time they want to do anything, like a lab rat mashing a button to release a treat. Swap the button for a great big turd shaped like a button and they'll carry on pressing it regardless.
I can't wait for the virus "wizards" that I'm sure a suitably cynical black hat is working on right now:
"This wizard will guide you through the process of infecting your PC with a virus, press Next.", "How much control would you like to retain over your computer; none, very little, or 'what's a computer'?"