Facebook virus ‘Koobface’ returns

One of the most significant Facebook viruses has returned with full force to the social media sphere, in news which could prompt Australian organisations to rethink their vulnerability management policies.

The McAfee Threats Report for the first quarter of 2013 identifies a dominating trend of older types of attacks – which they call "retro-malware" – seeing new levels of growth during 2013.

One of the most significant of these retro-malware incidents is the resurgence of 'Koobface', a worm that was first uncovered in 2008.

The Koobface worm targets social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, sending out messages to those on the target's friends list that appear as if they're coming from the victim themselves.

Once new users click on the links within these messages, they too are compromised by the worm and are vulnerable to theft of their account credentials.

"Koobface discoveries, a worm first discovered in 2008, had been relatively flat for the last year yet tripled in the first quarter of 2013 to levels never previously seen," reads the report's executive summary.

"The cybercriminal community obviously believes that social media users constitute a very target-rich environment of potential victims."

According to the threats report, the previous quarter saw less than 40,000 new Koobface samples being discovered, compared to the almost 120,000 that were recorded during the first quarter of this year.

If your organisation has yet to review its security policies, it may be the perfect opportunity for a security audit.

The consequences of a cyber attack can be long-reaching, especially when sensitive data or personal information is exposed.

Securus Global offers penetration testing and other methods to assess the security of your ICT networks, helping you to identify and resolve any potential vulnerabilities before they can be exploited.

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