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Facebook donates $250,000 to help fight cybercrime (using money acquired from spammers)

Facebook donates $250,000 to help fight cybercrime (using money acquired from spammers)

Cybercrime investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have been awarded $250,000 by Facebook, for the great work they do helping fight cybercrime - including helping unmask the people behind the Koobface botnet.

Koobface gang turns off command servers, as Russian police explain lack of action

Koobface gang turns off command servers, as Russian police explain lack of action

The publication of a detailed probe into the alleged members of the Koobface malware gang appears to have had an instant impact.

But there's no sign that the Russian authorities are planning to investigate the alleged gang anytime soon.

How five members of the Koobface malware gang were unmasked

How five members of the Koobface malware gang were unmasked

The in-depth story of how five men have been identified as part of the Koobface gang, in a detailed investigation conducted by independent researcher Jan Drömer and Dirk Kollberg of SophosLabs.

A must-read!

Koobface malware gang - the noose tightens?

Koobface malware gang - the noose tightens?

Members of the Koobface malware gang might be feeling a little hot under the collar as evidence has begun to spill onto the internet about the alleged identity of one of its members.

And there's more information still to come..

Social networking security threats discussed on MarketPlace Tech Report

Social networking security threats discussed on MarketPlace Tech Report

Chet Wisniewski, a frequent guest on the MarketPlace Tech Report radio show, has been discussing social networking threats - including the infamous Koobface worm. Take a listen and learn more.

Facebook virus spreads via photo album chat messages

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A new social networking worm similar to Koobface is currently doing the rounds. This scam doesn't ask you to take a survey - it actively infects your computer with malware.

VIDEO: Cross-platform malware runs on Windows, Mac and Linux

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Watch a video of the Boonana malware as it infects on Windows, Mac and Ubuntu Linux via a malicious Java applet.

Cross-platform Boonana Trojan targets Facebook users

Cross-platform malware spreads via Facebook

The Boonana malware targets Mac OS X, Linux and Windows, and is being spread via Facebook. Don't think you're immune from attacks just because you don't run Windows..

The truth about the Facebook Knob Face worm

The truth about the Facebook Knob Face worm

Humans - dontcha just love 'em? And there are about 500 million of them on Facebook, and occasionally they try and help their fellow homo sapiens by sharing warnings about a new virus or worm storming across the network. Here's Read more…

Is Amazon sending you a Sony Bravia? Beware the malware attack

Is Amazon sending you a Sony Bravia? Beware the malware attack

Have you received an email from Amazon about a purchase of a Sony Bravia television? If so, it's possible that you are in the gunsights of hackers behind a malware attack which is being seen around the world which is Read more…

Double trouble - spam and malware payloads

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Don't you hate spam? It's a nuisance, but not anything you really need to worry about, is it? I mean, it's not like you ran an executable, you just found yourself somewhere trying to sell you Viagra, no harm done, Read more…

The SMARTGRRL15 virus hoax lives again

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Users are posting warnings to each other across social networks, email and instant messaging systems to avoid a user called "SMARTGRRL15". Unfortunately the alerts are not based on facts, and members of the public are unwittingly perpetuating a hoax in Read more…

New affiliate scam strikes Facebook

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Another scam using stolen Facebook credentials is making the rounds. It is unclear how the spammers are acquiring the credentials, but it is likely the result of phishing, or Koobface. This attack is using the subject "Y o y Tube", Read more…

Scribble piggybacks Koobface

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In recent weeks we've seen Koobface move its updating mechanism to the vast array of bots it controls. Now when you download the latest version of the Trojan, you end up fetching it directly from the machine of someone else Read more…

Twitter warns users of Koobface worm

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Koobface, the worm which has previously troubled social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, hi5, Bebo and Friendster, appears to now be making itself comfortable on micro-blogging website Twitter. A warning from Twitter has been posted on the site's blog, Read more…

Sophos stops new version of Koobface social networking worm

Sophos stops new version of Koobface social networking worm

Our friends at Trend Micro are in the news today talking about a new variant of the Koobface worm which is capable of spreading via Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and other social networking sites. It's the typical fare - a message Read more…

More social networks targeted by Koobface

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Since we started monitoring the Koobface family of malware, we've seen it move from simply attacking Facebook users to targeting a more diverse set of social networks, including MySpace, Bebo, hi5, and GeoCities. A few months ago I blogged about Read more…

More Facebook fun with Koobface

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Today we got yet another sample of malware attacking Facebook. We detect this lot as Troj/Koobfa-A. It has some interesting characteristics. You can see how it attempts to log in to Facebook,  look up friends, post a URL via TinyURL Read more…