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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. ®

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