Facebook has been hit by a malware attack disguised as a video supposedly showing “Distracting Beach Babes”. The malware messages have been appearing on the Walls of many Facebook users.
The messages, which look like they have been posted by friends of the Facebook user, feature a thumbnail of a woman’s bottom in a revealing bikini and a link labelled “Distracting Beach Babes HQ”. The post also includes the message:
Those who click the link in the mistaken belief that they are about to view a “beach babe” video will actually open a rogue Facebook application. If the user gives permission for the rogue app to run, he or she will then be prompted to follow another link to update their Flash video player.
However, clicking this “update” actually downloads and installs adware on the user’s computer.
Meanwhile, the rogue Facebook app will have automatically posted the same malware message to the Walls of the user’s Facebook friends. To make the message seem more legitimate, the rogue app adds the name of each Facebook friend to the bogus Wall posts.
In a blog post about this attack Graham Cluley of Security firm Sophos suggests:
If you have been hit, you should delete the offending message from your page, scan your computer with an up-to-date anti-virus, change your passwords, review your Facebook application settings (to ensure you have blocked the rogue application).
Also, learn an important lesson: don’t be so quick to click on unsolicited links and approve unknown applications in the future.
Perhaps most importantly, tell your friends to also do the same.
According to Sophos, this attack is a new incarnation of the earlier “Candid Camera Prank” malware attack, which used very similar tactics.