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There is a major HACK going on affecting several people. It sends a private message to your facebook. Ignore any and all PM's (chat box) telling you about a pic or pics . I have not sent pictures to anyone, nor have I posted them to anyone. These messages have a zip file attached to them. DO NOT OPEN IT!! Copy and paste this to your facebook as well to spread the word that no one should open this file. It is a virus.....
The threat described is real and has been reported by a number of Facebook users. The exact mechanism by which the bogus messages are delivered is currently unclear. The messages may originate from Facebook accounts hijacked via phishing attacks. Or, they may come from fake accounts set up by criminals with the purpose of sending scam and spam messages.
However, the messages are certainly malicious. A reader who has tested the malware payload of the .zip file notes that it is a JAVA executable file that, when run, will create a temp file called BACKDOOR.BOT, place an executable in the browser’s cache and place an executable in the Facebook cache. As shown in the following examples, the text and attachment names of the malware messages vary considerably:
someone made a profile named "Luca Pelliciari" and he uploaded some of your photos! is that you?
ha ha ha OMG take a look at Mairy's pic …omg
do you know her? She is uploading some of your photos!!!
someone made a profile named " Amirilia Tully’" and he uploaded some of your photos! is that you?
There are apparently several more variants of the scam messages.
Thus, the advise in the warning message to avoid opening the attachments that come with these messages is worth heeding. Be wary of any Facebook message that suggests that you open an attached file to view images. The best course of action is simply to delete these messages. If they appear to come from someone on your friend's list, you should let them know that their account may have been compromised.
If you have inadvertently installed the malware by opening the attachment, you may need to scan for malware using a reliable anti-malware program such as Malware Bytes. You may also need to remove any scam messages that have been posted on your Facebook profile or newsfeed and warn your Facebook friends about the attack.
Last updated: February 7, 2014