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Porn malware is back on Facebook

Facebook-logoWhile the usual security probes did not beep, several French websites report that a Trojan horse classified as porn malware has returned to Facebook. Social network users have crossed it in Spain and Belgium.

This would be the Magnet malware that had caused a stir at the start of the year, infecting nearly 110,000 users in two days around the world. At the time, a pornographic link in the news feed prompted users to download a so-called Flash Play update.

Once the user is infected, the malware shares contentious links with other Facebook friends, who in turn can be trapped. To make matters worse, keylogger capabilities for Magnet have been reported.

Several media outlets in India have also warned of the spread to Facebook users of malware that leads to pornographic images and videos appearing on the newsfeed and page timeline. Rather embarrassing? A parallel was also drawn with Magnet.

There is no doubt that Facebook must closely scrutinize this matter.