A Virus on Facebook that Drains Your Bank Account
Smart Protection Network feedback for ZBOT (Jan – May 7 2013) -Trend Micro,
A virus on Facebook called Zeus is getting popular these days. The virus is about six years old and been in the leading role over the black world.
Zeus is a global windows malware program that finds your machine through a phishing page and remains hidden away until you log into a bank site. From there, according to reports, the malware steals your passwords and drains your account.
Zeus targets Windows, not Mac or Linux. The virus is sophisticated too. Sometimes it can even replace your bank’s website with its own page in order to get even more information like your social security number so that it can be sold on the black market.
According to researchers at the security firm Trend Micro, incidents of Zeus have risen steadily this year and peaked in May. Eric Feinberg, founder of the advocacy group Fans Against Kounterfeit Enterprise (FAKE), has noticed an uptick in Zeus-serving malicious links on popular N.F.L. Facebook fan pages such as one created by a group called “Bring the N.F.L. To Los Angeles.”
On a popular NFL fan page, fake Facebook profiles post links to Internet addresses controlled by the Russian Business Network, an online criminal gang accused of various online crimes, ranging from identity theft to child pornography.
Mr. Feinberg said he has tried to alert Facebook to the problem, with increased urgency, but wasn’t satisfied with their response. A Facebook spokesman directed this reporter to a previous Facebook statement reminding users that it actively scans for malware and offering users the opportunity to enroll in self-remediation procedures such as a “Scan-And-Repair malware scan” that can scan for and remove malware from their devices.
Mr. Feinberg said that after-the-fact approach was hardly sufficient. “If you really want to hack someone, the easiest place to start is a fake Facebook profile– it’s so simple, it’s stupid.”
How to Avoid these?
First thing: Don’t trust anyone on the internet. He/she may already been hacked who is sending you the viral message.
Check the links before you click on them
Use an updated antivirus
Avoid facebook applications as much you can because those are operated by third party users not Facebook.
Follow the tips on Facebook Security Page.
If you find any suspicious link or application please contact us. We’ll review and help you as soon as possible.