Thank you from Google, and Facebook personal messages lead to malware

Graham Cluley

Malware campaigns can take different disguises – in this case posing as an acknowledgement from Google for a job application and a personal message from Facebook.

Users must learn to be on their guard.

Read more in my article at Naked Security.

Graham Cluley Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

One Reply to “Thank you from Google, and Facebook personal messages lead to malware”

  1. Here is my experience. I received NO WARNING whatsoever about the breach of security, so when engineers claiming to be from TalkTalk rang out of the blue some months ago – with all my account details, address etc. – I gave them the access they were asking for to my computer. As a consequence I lost around £500. Now the phone calls have started again – sometimes as many as 8 a day – and the call barring system does not stop them. Obviously my personal details have been sold on to dozens – perhaps hundreds – of criminal gangs throughout Asia. TalkTalk will not apologise, admit liability or offer any resolution, other than offering to change my number. However, the police advise me that almost certainly this will not stop the problem and that I must change my ISP. However, TalkTalk now threaten me with hefty cancellation fees. Not only have they caused me financial loss and immense stress but they will fine me for taking police advice and switching to another ISP. You couldn't make it up.

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