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See this lady’s knickers on Facebook? Don’t click on them

VIRUS! VIRUS!

A SECURITY COMPANY has sent out a warning about a popular “funny video” which is making its way around global Facebook feeds.

Anti-virus software provider Bitdefender said the link from the video drops a Trojan on users’ computers.

The Albanian malware has the ability to access huge amounts of data from internet browsers.

So, what do you need to keep an eye out for?

This lady.

She is about to take her clothes off in front of a webcam, hoping to lure people into clicking through.

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However, if users click on the link, they will be brought to a fake YouTube page which then redirects them to a malicious Flash Player.exe for an Adobe update, explains HotForSecurity.com blog.

The scammers have created more than 20,000 unique URLs for the redirects.

It is quite a tricky, clever piece of malware as the numbers have been faked to make it look like the video has already had more than 1.3 million views.

“The video seems to actually play for a couple of seconds to entice male users to click,” explained Bitdefender’s chief security strategist Catalin Cosoi.

“After stealing Facebook information, they also add the victims’ profile names in the fake YouTube URL parameters. This enables them to make the video look more legitimate, as it seems posted by users’ friends,” added HotForSecurity.com.

To increase the look of legitimacy, Bit.ly has been used to shorten the URLs from the malicious websites and the company has been informed about the issue.

The Trojan.Agent.BDYV malware works with browsers, including Chrome and Firefox, and also tags friends on Facebook. It also does not allow users to delete the offending post from their Facebook timeline.

Bitdefender says its software blocks the websites in question with a malware warning. It has advised potential targets – you – to keep an antivirus solution up to date.

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