Facebook Messenger, which is used by most of the two billion users of Facebook has a malware threat , which has been pointed out by security experts , that could put users at risk.
A Facebook Messenger user will receive a message from a friend which contains:
- The word ‘Video’ with the name of the sender
- An emoji
- A shortened link
If users click on the link, they are redirected to a Google Drive page with a video play button.
This is where warning bells should be ringing.
if you click on that button it will lead to a YouTube-like page where you will be asked to install an extension for Chrome.
If you were not on Chrome you will be redirected to a website that asks you to download Adobe Flash Player that contains adware.
If you click the attacker will gains access to your system. and when you navigate to Facebook and log in, your login ID and password is stolen. they will then have access to your contacts to expand the infection to them , or try to do this.
As these links come from a known Facebook contact, it’s difficult to ascertain if it’s legitimate or a spam.
So the best way to stay safe currently is to avoid clicking on links in Messenger until your friend lets you know out that it’s safe to open.
However make sure that the person sending you the link is really a friend and not someone who is in control of your friend’s Facebook account , I am sure Facebook will address this issue.
If this has happened :
- Reset your browser
- Change your Facebook password
- Scan your computer with your antivirus