Unless you have a lot of friends on Facebook that are illiterate, I’m betting you won’t have too much trouble identifying the latest attempt to infect your computer with the Koobface trojan. Here’s the type of message that typically accompanies the attempt to infect you:
"Sommebody uupload a viideo witth you on utubee. you shuold ese"
Even my dog can spell better than that.
OK, so the hackers are likely deliberately misspelling words so as to avoid spam filters, but still, would you click on the above?
You might, if you saw that the link went to a legitimate site such as Google. But, don’t be fooled.
On Tuesday, researchers at unified threat management vendor Fortinet noticed that a program similar to the Koobface worm had started using the Google Reader and Picasa Web sites to spread. In the attack, criminals host images that look like YouTube videos on the Google sites in hopes of tricking victims into downloading malicious Trojan software.
This has been a public service announcement from Marketing Pilgrim.