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Zeus Banking Trojan Found to be Prevalent on Facebook
Given the rise of social media usage in the last couple of years, websites such as Facebook have become essential tools in modern marketing and are used by many businesses as a way to grow a brand, interact with customers, and promote products and services. Because of the sheer scale of Facebook and the amount of traffic it generates each day, it is easy to assume that using it provides no security risk. After all, if it did people would surely steer clear, right? Well, according to a new report in the Daily Mail, a particular strain of malware is prevalent on the social network and is stealing bank details and money from the bank accounts of users without their knowledge.
Known as the Zeus Banking Trojan, the malware was first discovered six years ago, and has worryingly been getting increasingly active. Security firm Trend Micro who originally alerted people about the virus, found that Zeus’ malicious activities have grown at a faster rate than ever this year and reached an all-time high last month.
The malware is able to install itself on a computer when users click on a rogue link; it will then share a link with all of your Facebook friends, inviting them to click. Users will be unaware that any sort of virus has affected a system, as Zeus remains dormant, only triggering when the user logs in to an online banking account. For most businesses, the same computers that are used to access Facebook will be used to access online banking websites and this allows Zeus to record passwords and account numbers that are entered, sending the information back to criminals, who will decide which accounts they will monitor. Naturally, business accounts are more lucrative than personal ones and are therefore more likely to be monitored by crooks.
Trend Micro has told Facebook users to be vigilant, taking care when opening emails and clicking on links. Trusted websites should be bookmarked and unknown sites should be avoided. The security firm also recommends that users install security software and anti-malware protection.
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