Facebook Messenger and Linkedin Users: You are Being Targeted

My computer expert nephew brought this to my attention. I say, be careful opening and sending images that are not your own.

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(When I began writing this post, the exploit described only affected a specific image file and Facebook users. It has now been found in other image file formats and is targeting Linkedin as well as Facebook.)

It starts with a message from one of your Facebook friends via Facebook Messenger. It might be a short message (like “LOL”, “OMG”, “Have a look at this”, “I can’t believe someone posted this”) with an image or zip file for you to open. If the attached file is a zip file and you decide to download and open it, a malware agent will be installed on your computer which will contact a Dropbox site to download the actual malware onto your computer. The malware will then send similar infected messages to your Facebook friends and friends of friends and so on in an upward spiraling propagation.

Last year, researchers at the AppRiver security…

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I am a retired grandmother and amateur quilter. Generally I do not discuss religion and politics with people other than my family and even then I do more listening than talking. Because I dislike confrontation this blog is a way for me to express opinions that I hold on these and other issues without having to delve into controversial discussions with others who may not agree with me. I am also an avid supporter of indie authors. There are a lot of great books that are not available through traditional publishing and I believe that these stories need to be brought to the attention of the reading public.
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