Currently, a malware scam is infecting Facebook users in which they receive a notification in the app and/or in their email about a friend tagging in a comment, upon clicking the link, a malware is downloaded on their device. Though just downloading it won’t infect your device but users who are not aware of how scammers target people may click the downloaded file and infect their devices.
This malware is mostly targeting Chrome users. It is yet unclear if Firefox or other browsers are affected by the scam or not. One possibility is that users receiving such notifications have had one of their friends hacked and crooks are using their browser to target other contacts.
The malware scam is currently under discussion on the Stack Exchange where the victim has been stating their experience after being tricked into downloading the infected files. According to one of the analysts on the discussion the researcher said that:
This is not the first time when cyber criminals have used Chrome browser to infect and compromise users. In the past there were several cases in which Chrome was negatively used such as 1: fake Google Chrome update leading to Android malware stealing personal data (click here for more details), 2: Hackers transforming malware into Chrome lookalike browser and infecting users (click here for more details), 3: Facebook being hit with a malware disguising as Google Chrome video installer (click here for more details), 4: Fake Google Chrome update leading to dangerous CTB Locker/Critroni ransomware (click here for more details).
Working as a cyber security solutions architect, Alisa focuses on application and network security. Before joining us she held a cyber security researcher positions within a variety of cyber security start-ups. She also experience in different industry domains like finance, healthcare and consumer products.