Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Here’s why you should never open videos you receive on Facebook Messenger

I have recently received several that appear to be from friends, which I did not open because of this.


Jasper HamillWednesday 3 Jan 2018 3:25 pm

You might be feeling very pleased that someone has chosen to brighten up your lonely existence by sending you a nice video on Facebook Messenger. But you’d be heartily advised to think before you click because that vid could be hiding a nasty virus. Tech experts have issued a warning about malware that’s spread using Facebook Messenger and designed to hijack people’s computers and put them to work mining bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. If you receive a YouTube link with a dodgy title like ‘this video is yours’ then you should make sure to avoid clicking it, because it’s probably designed to drag you onto a criminal website and take control of your computer. Some people who took the bait claim their Facebook accounts were compromised so they churned out spam posts designed to lure even more people into falling into hackers’ traps.


In a statement, Facebook said: ‘We constantly update our systems to help stop harmful links and files from appearing on Facebook and in Messenger. ‘We have already removed many of these links from our platform and will continue to do so if more appear. If we suspect your computer is infected with malware, we will provide you with a free anti-virus scan from our trusted partners. ‘We also share tips on how to stay secure and provide links to these scanners on facebook.com/help.’

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