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Facebook users have been alerted about a malware scam in which you receive Messenger messages from your friends with a link to a ‘YouTube video’.

The message sent via Facebook Messenger contains a bit.ly or t.cn link and the recipient’s first name plus the word “video”, according to Kaspersky Lab.

Once you click on the link you’re directed to a Google Doc page with what looks like a playable movie.

But when you try to click on the video, the malware directs a Facebook user to a series of websites and tracks sensitive information about the computer.

The page that appears after clicking on the link in Messenger message varies depending on the browser, location and operating system.

One page that appeared while using Google Chrome was a fake YouTube channel page with the YouTube logo.

Once on the page a fake error message tries to trick the user to download a malicious Google Chrome extension.

The Facebook scam was discovered by David Jacoby, a senior security researcher at cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab.

Jacoby had been sent the malware scam in a Facebook Messenger message by someone on his Friends list that he rarely interacts with.

In a blog post, he said: “One good thing about having a lot of Facebook friends is that you simply act as a honey pot when your friends click on malicious things. 

“A few days ago I got a message on Facebook from a person I very rarely speak to, and I knew that something fishy was going on.

“After just a few minutes analysing the message, I understood that I was just peeking at the top of this iceberg. 

“This malware was spreading via Facebook Messenger, serving multi platform malware/adware, using tons of domains to prevent tracking, and earning clicks. 

“The code is advanced and obfuscated.”

Jacoby said that by sending users through a number of different websites, the malware is able to obtain vital information about the victim’s computer.

He said: “When the victim clicks on the fake playable movie, the malware redirects them to a set of websites which enumerate their browser, operating system and other vital information. 

“Depending on their operating system they are directed to other websites.”

Jacoby added: “It basically moves your browser through a set of websites and, using tracking cookies, monitors your activity, displays certain ads for you and even, in some cases, social engineers you to click on links.”

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Jacoby advised Facebook users under no circumstances to click on these links and to also update their antivirus software.

He said it was unclear how the scam had spread to Facebook Messenger, but it could have been through stolen credentials or hijacked internet browsers. 

Earlier this year Facebook users had been warned about a Messenger hoax surrounding a user called Jayden K Smith.

The message, which was being sent via Facebook Messenger, was warning user that the Jayden K Smith account is a hacker.


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The chain letter-style message asks users to forward the warning on to others to prevent a large-scale hack.

“Please tell all the contacts in your Messenger list, not to accept Jayden K Smith friendship request,” one version of the message reads. 

“He is a hacker and has the system connected to your Facebook account. If one of your contacts accepts it, you will also be hacked, so make sure that all your friends know it. Thanks. Forwarded as received.”

However, there was no reason to be alarmed as the message was a hoax. 

No account with the name Jayden K Smith has been evidenced adding masses of users.

And there is also no way that a Facebook account could hack into your contacts simply by becoming friends with you.

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