Facebook Phishing Scam Targets Macs, Asks: 'What are you doing in this video?'
A trojan computer bug disguised as Facebook links and videos is using the social networking giant's widespread reach to hijack Mac computers and spread malware.
Mac users are advised to be wary of Facebook links asking What are you doing in this video? or "Is this you in this video?" as they are corrupted and could expose personal information and damage the user's computer, explains a blog post on SecureMac.com.
Called trojan.osx.boonana.a, the bug specifically targets Mac OS X and Snow Leopard operating systems by automatically downloading a file that modifies the user's computer, enabling the hacker to gain access to the system without entering any passwords, and to spread malware through spam e-mails .
Nicholas Ptacek, SecureMac Security Researcher, called the trojan a "sobering reminder" that Mac users are increasingly popular targets for hackers because of Apple's growing marketshare and Facebook's massive popularity.
Security experts warn Facebook account holders not to fall for the trick by downloading or clicking any links or videos that look suspicious or come from untrusted sources.
SecureMac has released a free removal tool available for download at SecureMac.com.