'May God always bless..' Facebook virus hoax spreads

Filed Under: Facebook, Malware, Social networks, Spam

Facebook users are sending scary warnings to each other regarding a supposed new piece of malware spreading across the social network.

May God always bless this kind person below with peace, love and happiness

Attention!!!If you see anyone post out an application written "May God always bless this kind person below with peace, love and happiness", with your profile picture attached below, and send by your friend via Bold Text. Please DONT click "like" or "SHARE", is a spyware, and all your info at FB will be copy and reuse for other purpose. Please share this info out. Thanks......;)

The warnings are being spread rapidly by well-intentioned Facebook users, but the truth is that we have seen no evidence of any such spyware.

Our friends at Facecrooks believe they have got to the bottom of the mystery.

They have determined that rather than a genuine virus, the warning was kicked off by a Facebook application called Bold Text making over-exuberant, if not downright spammy, wall postings.

Bold text application. Picture by Facecrooks

Over one million people are reported to have used the application, so clearly its self-promoting tactics are working.

If you see one of your friends reposting the warning about the 'May God always bless..' message then please tell them that it isn't true that it's a virus, and point them to this article or the information on Facecrooks.

And if you installed the Bold Text application, and aren't enjoying the messages it is posting, you should revoke its access to your Facebook account.

It's not the first time, of course, that Facebook users have been misled of the full facts by virus hoaxes. Most recently we have seen a bogus warning message about an Olympic Torch virus that could "burn the whole hard disc.. C of your computer"

Make sure that you stay informed about the latest genuine scams spreading fast across Facebook and other internet attacks. Join the Sophos Facebook page, where more than 100,000 people regularly share information on threats and discuss the latest security news.

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2 Responses to 'May God always bless..' Facebook virus hoax spreads

  1. Noah · 1156 days ago

    Thanks Graham. You know, it always shocks me how people are willing to copy/paste whatever they read, like mindless sheep... I love having you to back me up when I correct them :)

  2. Desmond · 1082 days ago

    now just why cannot people as a a first action simply put the title in Google?
    Amongst others such action brings up your description.
    I always tell people to use Google.
    thanks Graham for your concise description.

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Send Graham an email, subscribe to his updates on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and App.net, and circle him on Google Plus for regular updates.