McAfee puts Facebook users on threat alert

Security vendors warn of a new social networking danger

Security software company McAfee has issued a warning to Facebook users about the latest threat to hit the popular social-networking site.

McAfee has stated that the threat is a password-stealing virus attached to an e-mail that claims to be from Facebook. The e-mail states that a user's password has been reset and the only way to retrieve a new one is by clicking on an attachment.

The virus began to spread midweek.

Dave Marcus, a security expert for McAfee, has stated that this threat can easily turn into a major problem for the more than 400 million people who use Facebook worldwide, predicting 'spam' waves hitting highs of around 200 e-mails per half hour.

“Once installed, the password stealer can potentially access any username and password combination on that computer, from your bank details to your e-mail log-ins,” he said.

Facebook doesn't send e-mail alerts to its users stating that they have changed their password.

McAfee added that customers who currently have a subscription to the company's security software are protected from this type of malware. BitDefender has also released a warning to its users, suggesting users install and update a complete antimalware software solution to protect their PC.

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