Hoax - Facebook 'Add Pink Tinge to Your Profile' Virus Warning
Outline Message circulating on Facebook warns uses that an app that adds a pink tinge to your profile as a way of raising money for cancer actually installs a "keylogger malware" on your computer.
This message is a hoax. Australia's CUA bank recently ran a breast cancer fund-raising campaign that involved turning your profile pink via CUA's "pink my profile" app. CUA agreed to donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for each installation of the app, up to a total of $15000. This goal has now been reached. The CUA campaign was totally legitimate and I have seen no reports that indicate that the app contains malware. This warning has no credibility and should not be taken seriously.
ABC News 24 just released a statement about a virus on facebook app that adds a pink tinge to your profile picture to 'raise money for cancer'.
Be aware this fake third-party app installs a virus on the machine you used to access the app. Apparently its a keylogger malware that searches for bank details and passwords etc. Facebook allows keylogger in its apps to aid predictive search algorithms, and therefore the virus hasnt been picked up.
Keep a look out for any of your friends who may have fallen victim to this app. Apparently, they should be easily identifiable with a pink tinge to their profile picture
According to this warning message, which is currently moving rapidly around Facebook, users should avoid installing an app that "adds a pink tinge to your profile picture" because the app contains a "keylogger malware" that could steal passwords and bank details. According to the message, installing the app provided a way of collecting money for cancer. The warning claims that the information was released in a statement by Australian TV news channel, ABC News 24.
However, the claims in the message are untrue. There is no credible evidence that supports these claims. There is no information about such a security threat on the ABC News 24 website, or on the station's news headlines video. Nor could I find reports about the issue on any other credible news outlet.
Australia's CUA bank recently ran a breast cancer fund-raising campaign that involved turning your profile pink via CUA's "pink my profile" app. CUA promised to donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for each installation of the app, up to a total of $15000. This goal has now been reached. The CUA campaign was completely legitimate and I have seen no believable reports that indicate that the app contains any sort of malware. In fact, I have installed this app on my own Facebook profile, with no ill effects whatsoever. The app does what it claims to do and nothing more.
Moreover, the claim that "Facebook allows keylogger in its apps to aid predictive search algorithms" is also false. Again, there are no credible reports whatsoever that support such a claim. The inclusion of keyloggers - even for innocent purposes - would have certainly raised a great deal of discussion among security conscious Internet users.
In short, the "warning" is nothing more than a callous hoax and reposting it will help no one.