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Issue 114 - May 2011 - Page 16

Facebook "Your Password is Not Safe" Malware Email

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Outline
Email purporting to be from Facebook, claims that the recipient's Facebook password has been automatically changed because the previous password was not safe.



Brief Analysis
The email is not from Facebook and the claim that the user's password has been changed is untrue. The attachment that comes with the email contains a trojan.

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Last updated: 13th April 2011
First published: 13th April 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Subject: Facebook Support. Your password has been changed! ID09687

Dear user of FaceBook.

Your password is not safe!
To secure your account the password has been changed automatically.

Attached document contains a new password to your account and detailed information about new security measures.

Thank you for your attention,
Administration of Facebook




Detailed Analysis
According to this email, which claims to be from Facebook Support, the recipient's Facebook password has been automatically changed because the old password was not safe. The message instructs recipients to open an attached file to get the new Facebook password along with "detailed information about new security measures".

However, the email is not from Facebook and the attachment certainly does not contain a new password or any security information. Opening the attachment will launch a trojan that, once installed, can modify the Windows registry, establish connections with malicious websites and download further malware components.

In January 2011, a malware email very similar to the one shown above was hitting inboxes. The message claimed that the recipient's Facebook password had been changed "for safety" because spam had been sent from his or her Facebook account. As in this case, the email's attachment contained a trojan. In fact, bogus "password reset" emails claiming to be from Facebook have been used a number of times over the last few years as a means of distributing trojans and other malware.

Facebook users should be very cautious of any unsolicited email that claims that their Facebook password has been changed. Facebook is never likely to include a new password in an email attachment. If you receive any such message, do not open any attachments that it may contain. And, do not follow any links in the email. Some versions try to trick recipients into visiting bogus websites that contain malware.

Phishing scammers have also used bogus Facebook messages in attempts to
steal login details and other personal information from Facebook account holders.

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References
Facebook Support. Your password has been changed!' contains trojan
Facebook Trojan Email - 'Your Password is Changed'
Facebook Password Reset Confirmation Trojan Email
Fake Facebook Login Phishing Scam



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