Cyber-criminals target MySpaceUsers told to beware of Trojan program

16 January 2008

MySpace users have been warned to be on their guard against cyber-criminals who used the social networking site to try to spread a malicious ‘Trojan Horse’ program.

Trojans are disguised as useful software but when downloaded they allow hackers to hijack your computer or access your passwords.

Security sofware firm McAfee says it discovered that scammers hacked a MySpace profile to trick victims into downloading one of these malicious programs.

It works by attackers sending new ‘friend requests’ to MySpace users.

Trojan

When users click on the person's picture or name link to view their profile, they're shown a profile page overlaid with what looks like a legitimate Windows ‘Automatic Updates’ pop-up box.

But if users click anywhere on this image, their computer will begin to download a Trojan known as TFactory.

McAfee says that MySpace users should beware of friend requests from people they don't know and be cautious when surfing MySpace profiles.

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