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Anonymous Claims to Prepare Hit on Facebook

Group Says 'Fawkes Virus' Tested and Ready

In a recent video post by Anonymous Central, the hacktivist group said it intends to invade Facebook accounts with a “highly sophisticated” piece of malware, codenamed Fawkes Virus.

Allegedly, the malware – which was “fully written” by Anonymous’ programmers – has already been tested and has been out since July.

Fawkes Virus consists of a “highly sophisticated worm, with advanced network self-replication and remote abilities,” according to the message. It “sends out malicious links and gains access of your account.”

If it’s not a hoax, it appears to have the characteristics of 2008’s KoobFace, but unlike its predecessor it should also receive commands from a remote attacker and simulate “basic actions on Facebook accounts, such as sending a friend request or a message”. The worm could be carried onto other account with little or no interaction, as it allegedly bypasses your application security and automatically sends infected links to the unsuspected contacts in the list of friends.

The group said that “after the worm is under control, Anonymous will use this to its advantage against corruption and as an alternative attack toward groups who take on Anonymous.”

The description fits the profile of classic Facebook scams, on the one hand. And considering the previously rumored takedown of the social network on Nov. 5 that actually didn’t happen, the big question is: is this for real?

Safe surfing everybody!

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With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples, messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.