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Password reset scam- A potential threat to Facebook users.

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Recently one of my friends got an e mail from Facebook Security informing, that his  Facebook password has been changed due to some security reasons and the new password is attached. The attachment was a zip file (see the screen shot), he opened the attachment and the problem started. The PC (Windows XP ) started misbehaving with numerous popups and the warnings such as ” Your computer has been attacked”. A free Anti virus software (updated) was installed on the system but it couldn’t heal the threat. Finally he was compelled to format the PC. This was happened almost one month back. Now he  got the same e mail once again, this prompted me to go through about this in detail.

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McAfee security blog warned that millions of Facebook users received such emails informing Reset password. This virus reached in the top 6 position and reached as high as No. 6 on McAfee’s Global Virus Map’s Top 10, which tracks consumer detections worldwide. Facebook team has already warned about this security threat in Facebook Security page . McAfee says “The malware in the attachment is pretty much what one would expect: downloaders, password-stealing Trojan, fake-AV, or bot stuff, depending on which one you got”.  This can be a potential danger considering around 400 million Facebook users can be trapped into this.

Don’t open the attachment. Facebook  will never send you an e mail to reset your password. Immediately delete such mails.

Keep your Anti virus software and firewalls up-to-date.

The smart spam detecting algorithm of Gmail, Yahoo etc were already detected this as a acam and  tagged the mail as Spam. But the curiosity to open the spam mails  can burn your fingers.

This malware is not basically targeted to steal your Facebook password, it can steal all the other user ids and passwords used on the computer .

Don’t make any internet banking transactions from the infected PC. Immediately change the passwords/user ids.

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5 comments… add one
  • very interesting… thank you..

  • I am getting this exact problem utilizing windows 7 , 1st occured 2 weeks in the past, constant crashing and rebooting and repair mode…each time I had to reinstall Macafee … no issues for 2 days now.. What next to count on?

  • Yeah right,
    According your suggestion above, I have done the right step to those kind of spam email. Thanks for this sharing, Sujith 😀

  • Hi Sujith, How are you today?

    I want to share my experience here. There is another one kind of spam email with attachment that brings viruses or trojan.

    It is about a report from DHL if my shipment is lost or the wrong postage. Though I never dealt with DHL.

    I’m not an expert on the softwares or viruses. But I have suspected from the beginning when opening email attachments must carry a virus or trojan.

    Be careful bro!

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