New Facebook threat spreading in Spanish

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Argentines are susceptible to a new Facebook threat circulating in Spanish and spreading spyware, according to a release from Trend Micro, the local representative of Japanese security solutions provider Trend Micro (Nasdaq: TMIC).

Helping to enable the threat's fast spread is the fact that it is in Spanish, even using words unique to Argentina. Additionally, the threat has a personalization feature that makes it difficult for victims to detect danger. The threat is disguised as an invitation to an event on Facebook from a user, and can even include use of Facebook's chat feature.

To avoid these threats, Trend Argentina recommends taking preventative measures, such as ignoring any application that purports to allow users to see how many times someone has viewed their profiles. According to the company, no application is capable of doing so.

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As another measure, Trend Argentina said to beware of links sent from friends and contacts, as they can also be malicious. The company recommends double-checking the link with the sender to make sure it is not a threat.

Also, the company said users should never use codes of an unknown origin, to avoid installing suspect applications. Trend Argentina recommends putting links into a search engine to verify their validity.