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Don’t click on that link: Porn malware hits Facebook timelines across India

Several Facebook users in India are irked by a malicious porn malware that went on spamming their timelines with porn images and videos.

The malicious software is present in a link to a video that is being shared on users’ timelines. The headline of the video reads, ‘Watch urgent, because it is your video’. Once users click on the link, their timeline and inbox would be spammed with porn messages.

Mobile users were redirected to pages containing various offers while desktop users were asked to download a file from a folder. “The malware stealthily installs an extension on the Chrome web browser. The message contains a link to a malicious website that allegedly shows up as an Amazon Web Services page,” points out The Hindustan Times.

Now, this isn’t something new.  The Agra cybercrime cell that claims to be the first to spot the malware told The Times of India that ‘the issue was triggered by a virus from the Kilim malware family, which has caused such incidents elsewhere across the globe’.

Earlier in January, the same malware had reportedly affected around 110,000 users across the world. Disguised as a porn link, it prompt users to download a Flash update. Once a user is infected, the malware would start posting porn links on the person’s Facebook page and also tags friends.

The porn malware has left many users embarrased, who instantly took to calling friends, family and colleagues, explaining the issue and asking them not to click on the link.

In order to not become a victim to such malware, one should avoid clicking on shortened link or any alluring link. Those infected should delete the file/folder and instantly change all their passwords.

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Himanshu Mishra

Editor and Content-Writer of PaidFreeDroid. Himanshu is a tech enthusiast. He likes to explore the day to day technology.

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