Modern malware has the tendency to open up backdoors on infected systems leading to illegal incidences. Due to this backdoor access, malware is able to help its creators make a profit in many different ways. A large number of infections were discovered that are related to the Boface.BJ.worm. Today it continues to propagate, since 2008. Boface.BJ spreads itself via the social networking site Facebook, infecting as many computers as possible. Don’t be mislead by this Boface.BJ.worm!
This worm is known to attempt to download and install rogue anti-malware programs making computer users believe that they are victims of a computer infection, thus forcing them to buy a fake antivirus package.
Another fact is that in terms of geographic distribution these types of infections are mostly detected in the United States (nearly 40%), the remaining percentage is spread across other countries.
|Affected platforms: Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95|
Table 1. Details of the worm
The Boface.BJ.worm tries to infect computers in the following way; using email messages with malicious attachments, Internet downloads, files transferred via FTP, IRC channels, P2P file-sharing networks etc. You should note that the worm needs time to activate once the victims have entered their Facebook accounts. Meanwhile, it begins the process of sending an infected message to both the victim and the victims whole network of friends.
Facebook users should look out for messages with a link such as this:
Bear in mind that if the link is followed, the user will be redirected to a website masquerading as YouTube with a video to be viewed as well.
All in all, if you want to keep your computer secured, follow the recommendations below:
- Install a good antivirus in your computer that best suits your needs.
- Keep your antivirus updated.
- Keep your antivirus protection enabled at all times.