Hackers Steal 45,000 Facebook Usernames & Passwords
Facebook has been compromised again. This time it’s a rogue worm malware called Ramnit that has so far stolen over 45,000 usernames and passwords. The bulk of stolen usernames and passwords belong to French and UK users (if that is any comfort for people in the US), but so far users in every country seem worried.
Based on the assessments made by Microsoft Security Centre, Ramnit is quite sophisticated. The worm works backdoor fashion by eating usernames passwords and browser cookies and was initially developed by hackers to steal financial information. Today it’s a windows sucking worm, infecting Windows executables, Microsoft Office and HTML files.
According to John Weinschenk, CEO at Cyber-security company Cenzic, “What was once malware designed to steal data from financial institutions has evolved into a social network threat, bank account numbers and Facebook log-in credentials seem very different, but to hackers, they are equally as lucrative.”
Facebook’s security team is of course working hard to sanitize against Ramnit, but in the meantime users are being urged to do checks their computers using local anti-virus software. Users are also being urged to keep an eye on their Facebook profiles, particularly for posts that seem out of sync with what is usually shared with friends etc.
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