Beware! A Facebook Virus That Can Empty Your Bank Account!

Facebook VirusZeus is a 6-year old virus with the ability to drain bank accounts. The virus is a special type of Trojan horse that works by remaining idle on your computer until you log into your bank account. Once you’ve logged in, it steals your password and drains your account. It can even replace your bank’s website with its own page to steal more information, like your social security number which can be sold on the black market.

Zeus has infected millions of computers already; it mainly targets Windows because it doesn’t work on Linux or Mac OS X.  It’s hosted on computers that are controlled by a Russian criminal gang—the same gang that’s been linked to a variety of online crimes, such as malware and identity theft. Unfortunately, the virus is becoming more prolific.

Nicole Perlroth, of The New York Times, reports that the virus has been thriving on Facebook, and is being spread through phishing messages. When an account has been phished, it will automatically send messages or links to a large variety of friends on the account. Typically, these messages or links are ads for videos or products.

Eric Feinberg, founder of the advocacy group Fans Against Kounterfeit Enterprise (FAKE) says that while Facebook is aware of the problem, they aren’t taking the matter as seriously as they should be.

The take-home message is: Click links that only come from trusted sources.  This is the only way to protect you from Zeus.

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Ernie Sherman

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 6th June 2013 by Ernie Sherman.