Facebook games now targeted by Hackers

April 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm 2 comments

I was going to post my 3rd installment on “Bigger Words”, but my Human asked if I could please let my Facebook readers know about a recent Facebook attack.
A lot of Facebook people my Human has helped really enjoy the online Facebook games like Farmville, Mafia Wars, YoVille, and Happy Aquarium,  just to name a few.Unfortunately, those ne’er-do-wells I mentioned in my previous posts are up to their dirty tricks again, making life miserable for PC owners. 

A “banner” advertisement appearing while playing the Farm Town game will change you to a different web site (without you even clicking) and pretend it’s found a virus on your PC (while actually downloading one to your computer)!

Facebook hasn’t mentioned it officially on their site, but SlashKey, the creators of Farm Town, have issued a warning. You can read more about it on eweek.com.

So far it’s only been noticed on Farm Town. But as sure as money is green, you can bet that there may be others trying to do the same thing on other Facebook game sites.

If you do suddenly get a window that appears telling you to you’re “computer is infected” and to “run this scan”, close all of your brower windows immediately! If you can’t (or it won’t let you), turn off your computer quickly to stop it from downloading off your Internet connection.  Then, restart your machine and immediately run your anti-virus or internet security software (you do have that installed, right?) and make sure you have the latest Microsoft updates.

To reduce the chance of getting attacked by “scareware” like this, there are plug-ins available that kill banner ads and Flash scripts you can add to Firefox or IE browsers.

— The Computer Cat


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  • 1. The Chief Geek  |  April 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Hey CC,
    For your readers that don’t want to use Firefox or Google Chrome, I’m testing some possible Flash ad-blocking plug-in’s that are supposed to work on IE8.

    One is actually built into IE8 called InPrivate Filtering. This is for people who are used to tweaking their IE settings.

    Adblock IE (http://adblockie.codeplex.com/releases/view/27612) can be downloaded, but it’s still in the development stage, and requires the manual installation of MS .NET 3.5.

    Quero (Portuguese for “I want”) is a toolbar with Ad Blocking. http://www.quero.at/ It is “donationware”, made in Austria. (Hmm. I thought Austrians spoke German, not Portuguese.)



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