New malware infecting Facebook Messenger users with adware, warns Kaspersky Lab
Researchers at Kaspersky Lab, the cyber security and antivirus provider, have uncovered a new type of malware with an “advanced and obfuscated code,” spreading through Facebook Messenger. Facebook’s instant messaging service recorded over 1.2 billion monthly active users back in April and the lighter version of the app, Messenger Lite, has now been downloaded 50 million times.
According to Kaspersky, the initial spreading mechanism of the malware seems to stem from Facebook Messenger, but how it spreads via the service is still unknown. “It may be from stolen credentials, hijacked browsers or clickjacking. At the moment we are not sure because this research is still ongoing,” Kaspersky writes in a press release.
Further, security researchers at the company discovered that the malware spreading message are titled ‘David Video,’ which bait users into clicking a bit.ly link. When unsuspecting users click on the fake playable video, the malware redirects them to a set of websites that “enumerate their browser, operating system and other vital information. Depending on their operating system they are directed to other websites.”