Sunday, 3 July 2016

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Last week, a malicious group tricked almost 10,000 Facebook users into sharing their email addresses and password with a phishing attack, discovered by Kaspersky Lab, that then went on to spread itself to those users’ friends and family through seemingly innocuous Facebook messages. South America was especially hard hit by the infection.

Brazil was most compromised by the attack, with 37 per cent of the infected accounts coming from that country. Windows PCs were the primary infection vector, with Windows phones also possibly able to be compromised; Android and iOS phones, though, were immune to the attacks due to the libraries — including the Chrome extension — not being compatible.

Interestingly, Kaspersky says one of the attacking extensions was hosted on Google’s Chrome Web Store, which is usually a sign of authenticity — importantly, since these extensions have the ability to view personally identifiable data on many of the websites a user visits. As standard procedure, Kaspersky says installing antimalware software and running regular malware scans is the best solution. 

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