I know the Koobface virus oh so well. Having a friend who is a video producer and editor, I often exchanged video clips via Facebook.com with my buddy. We used to trade trailers and enjoy each others critiques of our individual work. No more! Late last year, my “friend” sent me another trailer to review. Thinking nothing of it, I opened the video clip and it happened. My desktop was turned into the dreaded “zombie.”
What’s a Zombie?
My friend’s Facebook account was hijacked by hackers who sent a Koobface virus via a video clip. Once I clicked open the clip, the virus infected my desktop with the following results:
- Programs came to a screaching halt
- My computer was so slow nothing would open as if I was on some form of dial up but the dial up line was a string laced between two tin cans
- My computer was transformed into a “bot” that began to send out the Koobface virus to other computers
According to anti virus organization Kaspersky Labs,an antivirus organization working with Facebook:
“the worms transform victim machines into zombie computers to form botnets.”
Son of Koobface
In today’s Washington Post, Brian Krebs a great tech writer and go-to source of information, documents the latest strain of Koobface unleashed on Facebook in “Koobface” Worm Resurfaces on Facebook.”
Courtesy Trend Micro wiki and Trend Micro
Trend Micro discovered the new strain and is busy at work on a solution. For more information go to Trend Micro’s Malware Blog “New Variant of Koobface Worm Spreading on Facebook.” Same old story with terrible results.
Don’t open anything that resembles a video file, investigate the orgins of messages sent to you on Facebook, and make sure you understand the consequences if you decide to open these messages.