October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Several companies and non-profit organizations run promotions and fundraising events to support the cause. Such is the case with the latest Facebook hoax.
CUA is a financial institution in Australia, and they developed a unique way to raise awareness for breast cancer awareness. Users can install a Facebook application from their page located here: https://www.facebook.com/CUA?sk=app_274058395948707
Installing the application allows you to put a pink hue and ribbon on your profile picture. Somehow a virus alert was issued and has caused a lot of panic and pandemonium on Facebook. An example of a bogus warning is shown below:
ABC News 24 just released a statement about a virus on facebook app that adds a pink tinge to your profile picture to ‘raise money for cancer’.
Be aware this fake third-party app installs a virus on the machine you used to access the app. Apparently its a keylogger malware that searches for bank details and passwords etc. Facebook allows keylogger in its apps to aid predictive search algorithms, and therefore the virus hasnt been picked up.
ABC News has issued no such statement, and the claim is totally false. To date, there has been no virus or keylogger discovered within the application.
People usually mean well when spreading warnings of this nature, but always take a moment to check the facts before sharing viral alerts with your friends.
If you or your Facebook friends are falling for tricks like this, it’s time to get yourself informed of the latest threats. Be sure to join the Facecrooks community of almost 80,000 fans on Facebook to be kept informed of the latest security issues.
BitDefender Safego is a Facebook application you can install that will scan your News Feed and help keep you safe from scams and malware.