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Password-stealing virus targets Facebook users

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    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    E-mail carrying malware asks for password re-set, account confirmation

    BOSTON - Hackers have flooded the Internet with virus-tainted spam that targets Facebook's estimated 400 million users in an effort to steal banking passwords and gather other sensitive information.The e-mails tell recipients that the passwords on their Facebook accounts have been reset, urging them to click on an attachment to obtain new login credentials, according to anti-virus software maker McAfee.
    If the attachment is opened, it downloads several types of malicious software, including a program that steals passwords, McAfee said on Wednesday.
    Hackers have long targeted Facebook users, sending them tainted messages via the social networking company's own internal email system. With this new attack, they are using regular Internet email to spread their malicious software.A Facebook spokesman said the company could not comment on the specific case, but pointed to an update the company posted on its Web site earlier on Wednesday warning users about the spoofed e-mail and advising users to delete the e-mail and to warn their friends.
    McAfee estimates that hackers sent out tens of millions of spam across Europe, the United States and Asia since the campaign began on Tuesday.
    Dave Marcus, McAfee's director of malware research and communications, said that he expects the hackers will succeed in infecting millions of computers.

    "With Facebook as your lure, you potentially have 400 million people that can click on the attachment. If you get 10 percent success, that's 40 million," he said.

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    JAMANI inaonekana watu wengi hawasomi haya watakoma. haya ndio maneno ya usalama jamaa wanafanya visa kwenye mtandao na ukiwa uhujang'amua unakwenda na maji halafu wanakuja kijanjajanja tu . hakuna kitu kinaitwa re set. Thanx man hii ndio hasa inatakiwa watu kujifunza si ajabu wataanza kupiga kelele wasiotaka hata kuisoma wanajua tu kutaipu.
     
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    kusoma yaliyoandikwa inatakiwa mpaka uwe umekwenda shule sio kukimbia Umande wa Mvua kaka inatakiwa watu wawe waangalifu kwa kutumia Mtandao wa internet ama sivyo watalizwa vibaya sana asante kwa ushauri wako Mkuu Lukwangule
     
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