Ramnit worm steals Facebook login details

January 9th, 2012 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

A computer worm, known as Ramnit, has stolen 45,000 Facebook login credentials, largely from Facebook accounts in the UK and France. According tothe  security firm, Seculert, 800,000 machines were infected with the Ramnit worm between September and the end of December 2011.

Facebookadvised all users to run anti-virus software, because  it may not be obvious that users have been attacked. Facebook  released this statement : 

Our security experts have reviewed the data, and while the majority of the information was out-of-date, we have initiated remedial steps for all affected users to ensure the security of their accounts. Thus far, we have not seen the virus propagating on Facebook itself, but have begun working with our external partners to add protections to our anti-virus systems to help users secure their devices. People can protect themselves by never clicking on strange links and reporting any suspicious activity they encounter on Facebook.”

Meanwhile a bug in Facebook’s security system has allowed users to look at private photos of others. It is said the flaw is associated with the ‘Report Abuse’ tool. Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was a victim of the bug which saw some of his private photos being posted online.

The tool is disabled while Facebook fixes the bug

The official statement: Earlier today, we discovered a bug in one of our reporting flows that allows people to report multiple instances of inappropriate content simultaneously.

The bug, was a result of one of our most recent code pushes and was live for a limited period of time. Not all content was accessible, rather a small number of one’s photos. Upon discovering the bug, we immediately disabled the system, and will only return functionality once we can confirm the bug has been fixed.


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