NEWS: More sexy video attacks on Facebook
For the second successive weekend, Facebook users have been hit by a mass false codec attack. The approach is simple: hey guys, watch this sexy video. Oops, your video software needs updating. Click here. Ah, thank you.
Sophos thinks the time has come for Facebook to take more responsibility and be a bit more proactive (not just in owning its users’ data; but in protecting them).
For two Saturdays running we’ve seen Facebook users hit en masse by rogue applications and adware downloads, disguised as sexy videos. It’s time for Facebook to set up an early warning system on their network, through which they can warn their almost 500 million users about breaking threats as they happen. A simple message appearing on all users’ screens warning them of the outbreak would have helped in halting the attack.
Unless something is done, it won’t be surprising if there is another widespread attack this coming weekend, affecting thousands more users. Facebook needs to both try and prevent these attacks from happening, and better co-ordinate its response when an outbreak occurs.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant, Sophos