Facebook users are warning each other about a supposed new piece of malware spreading across the social network, this time in the form of invisible pornographic movies. While these people likely have good intentions, the truth is that this is a hoax and there is no such malware.
The advice comes in the form of the following message, according to Sophos:
ATTENTION FRIENDS! HACKERS ARE DOING DAMAGE AGAIN ON FACEBOOK! PORNOGRAPHIC MOVIES ARE BEING POSTED ON OUR BEHALF ON THE WALLS OF OUR PROFILES! WE DO NOT SEE THEM, BUT OTHER PEOPLE DO, AS IF IT WERE OUR PUBLICATION! SOMETIME EVEN OUR SUPPOSED Comments APPEARS. IF YOU SEE SUCH A THING IN MY HOMEPAGE, ALERT ME AND DO NOT OPEN IT BECAUSE IT IS A VIRUS! ...COPY AND RE POST THIS MESSAGE
The hoax, which is spreading like wildfire on Facebook, claims the hackers are posting pornographic movies on users' Walls which are invisible to the owners but are visible to their friends and family. This is nonsense, but because it could be potentially embarrassing, users are warning each other, just in case they are affected.
Nobody can post something on your Wall that you cannot see. Scammers sometimes do manage to post sexual content on Facebook users' Walls, but they are never "invisible" to the victim. If you see one of your friends reposting this particular warning, explain to them that their Facebook account, as well as their computer, is perfectly safe as this is a hoax.
As a general word of caution, don't believe everything you read on the Internet. Also, don't blindly copy and paste warnings just because your Facebook friend's status tells you to do so. Although you probably mean well, you could be helping a hoax become more popular on the social network.
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