Don’t be tempted to open Facebook Messenger video links – it could be a virus, expert warns

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A scam is spreading across the social network, causing friends to inadvertently put their chum’s phones and gadgets in jeopardy.
Potential victims are met with an innocent-looking prompt to check out a video in a Messenger chat box.
The message includes the recipient’s name, the word “video†and a shocked emoji followed by a link.
After clicking on the link, victims are taken to a fake YouTube channel which is booby-trapped with nasty software, Bleeping Computer reports.
Creative / Feature: Facebook Messenger-Icon auf einem auf einem iPhone (Photo by Hoch Zwei/Corbis via Getty Images)

Be careful out there, people (Photo by Hoch Zwei/Corbis via Getty Images)
It can be tempting to think you’re ‘safe’ on Facebook Messenger – but a nasty virus is spreading on the messaging app via dodgy video links, according to security researchers.

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The message has the recipient’s name, the word ‘video’ and a shocked emoji – but there’s no video, and clicking on it is a VERY bad idea.
Users are directed to a fake video page, which then tries to load malware onto their device to steal Facebook credentials, according to Kaspersky researchers.

Computer security expert David Jacoby said, ‘After just a few minutes analyzing 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 document has already taken a picture from the victim’s Facebook page and created a dynamic landing page which looks like a playable movie.
‘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.’
At present, it doesn’t look like the hackers are stealing bank details and are instead trying to earn money via dodgy ads – but it’s worth steering clear, just in case.

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