Just saw this on the wires...
BY VILLE HEISKANEN
Facebook, the operator of the most popular social-networking site, has blocked a virus that infected thousands of users' accounts by presenting itself as a video message.
The messages advertised links to videos on Google or YouTube sites, Max Kelly, head of
security at Facebook, said in a blog post Thursday. Instead, those who clicked on the
phony links downloaded malicious software, he said, without elaborating.
The virus affected less than 0.002 percent of Facebook's users, Kelly said. Based on
its 120 million subscribers, that would amount to about 200,000 people. Facebook disabled access to the links and is working to shore up security, he said.
Users who inadvertently downloaded the virus were presented with an image of a court
jester sticking his tongue out and rolling his eyes, U.K.-based security-software maker
Sophos said in a statement on its website.
Brandee Barker, a spokeswoman for Palo Alto, Calif.- based Facebook, didn't immediately
return a telephone call seeking comment.