Facebook users have something new to fear, a virus known as Bredolab, is rapidly spreading through the popular social network. The virus masks itself as a “Password Reset Confirmation Email” and appears to come from Facebook. This deceiving email includes an attachment that supposedly contains a new password for the user.
However, the file attachment is actually a trojan virus that will download lethal files from the internet to infect your computer with.
MX Lab, an Email security firm, stated “Bredolab is a trojan horse that downloads and executes files from the Internet, such as rogue anti-spyware. To bypass firewalls, it injects its own code into legitimate processes svchost.exe and explorer.exe. Bredolab contains anti-sandbox code (the trojan might quit itself when an external program investigates its actions).”
However there is an easy way for Facebook users to avoid this malady. If you did not request to reset your password from Facebook, then there is no reason to get a password reset email, so therefore you should not open it. Furthermore, even if you have requested a password reset, Facebook would not send your new password as an attachment. Lastly, paying careful attention to the details of the email should help determine if the mail servers are indeed Facebook’s, and if not, then the message is not legit. Taking these simple precautions will help to ensure that you keep your computer trojan free.