Koobface worm attacks social media sites - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/18/10

Koobface worm attacks social media sites

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) –  A wall post or a message from a friend could be carrying a virus that seeks to steal your identity. The Koobface worm is back and it's a play on the word Facebook.

The messages the virus sends are deceptive and they are constantly changing. "In the past they haven't been this bad," says Network Engineer Jamie Langlois who works with Switch I.T. in Lubbock.

Langlois says the 2010 version of the Koobface worm essentially cripples your computer's ability to get rid of the virus. "It locks all these tools and really hard for common user to know where to start because it doesn't let you run anything," Langlois says about your anti-virus software.

The virus masks itself in a message, a wall post or even a chat from one of your friend's infected computers. You may receive an invitation or a link to watch a video, and they look real, but do not open it. If you do, that's when the virus starts attacking your computer.

"They are constantly changing. If I tell you what it was yesterday it will be something different tomorrow," Langlois says about the way the virus presents itself. Facebook constantly updates the site's security page (FACEBOOK.COM/SECURITY) warning users about different viruses.

Langlois encourages users to pay attention. If you are unsure about a link, don't open it and ask that friend to change his or hers password because most likely their account has been accessed. The real problem, Langlois says, the master-minds behind the virus are after your personal information. "It becomes a big risk with identity theft. As big of a problem as it is today these viruses and programs can get on your computer and collect information," he adds.

The virus is also targeting Twitter. The virus is primarily attacking Windows based computers, and smart phones are not as vulnerable as your home computer. Be sure to use strong passwords with uppercase and lowercase letters and symbols. Also, Langlois advises running Windows updates, updated security software and a firewall.

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