- Kanye faces backlash for headlining Christian event with anti-LGBTQ leaders 7 Years Ago
- Why is Yennefer of Vengerberg so different in Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’? Today 10:00 AM
- Actress slammed for ‘acid attack-face’ TikTok challenge Today 9:46 AM
- ‘Weathering With You’ blends fantasy and realism in a magical love story Saturday 6:18 PM
- Kidnapped teen used Snapchat to get rescued Saturday 4:35 PM
- What fans do and don’t want to see in future ‘Far Cry’ installments Saturday 4:26 PM
- Aaron Carter accused of stealing lion art for merch Saturday 3:10 PM
- Instagram’s hidden like counts were inspired by a ‘Black Mirror’ episode Saturday 2:06 PM
- Student says they were expelled for tricking teacher into making inappropriate TikTok Saturday 12:26 PM
- Space Force uniforms relentlessly mocked, memed Saturday 10:52 AM
- Man flamed after admitting he called police on Target employee over a toothbrush Saturday 9:10 AM
- Netflix’s ‘Vivir Dos Veces’ searches for a last chance at first love Saturday 8:00 AM
- Camila Cabello must do more about her racist history Saturday 6:00 AM
- Instagram and Facebook are reportedly blocking queer ads Friday 8:58 PM
- Review: Tyler Perry’s ‘A Fall From Grace’ is both nonsensical and utterly predictable Friday 6:48 PM
Clicking spam links on Facebook could give criminals access to your bank account
On Facebook, the 7-year-old ZeuS Trojan horse is back with a vengeance.
Users who click on the wrong Facebook link run the risk of giving international criminals complete access to their bank accounts. It’s a vicious 7-year-old Trojan horse program, and it’s back.
The program, called ZeuS, installs itself on your computer, where it stays dormant until you visit a banking site. That’s when it fires up. steals your passwords, and sucks the money out of your accounts.
ZeuS may be old, but it’s only gotten more popular in recent years, morphing and mutating into even more malicious variants much like real biological viruses. According to security firm Trend Micro, reports of the Trojan have been steadily rising since April and reached their peak in May.
Image via Trend Micro
On Facebook, the virus appears to spread largely via comments posted to groups by fake accounts. One post, still active, sits at the top of the “Bring the N.F.L. to Los Angeles” group. According to The New York Times, the spam links take users to sites controlled by the “Russian Business Network” an online criminal syndicate specializing in all types of sleazy online activity, “from identity theft to child pornography.”
Despite multiple complaints about the links—and the one on the NFL group in particular—Facebook apparently hasn’t banned the link. A representative declined to comment on the New York Times piece, and simply directed their reporter to an earlier statement admonishing Facebook users to protect themselves.
Photo by Tama Leaver/Flickr
Kevin Morris is a veteran web reporter and editor who specializes in longform journalism. He led the Daily Dot’s esports vertical and, following its acquisition by GAMURS in late 2016, launched Dot Esports, where he serves as the site’s editor-in-chief.