A series of warnings making the rounds on Facebook regarding a Trojan worm called “Knob Face” are actually inaccurate, according to security researchers at Sophos. The actual malware, however, is much more serious and has nothing to do with the alleged warnings.
The warnings are actually likely to cause more harm than good, according to Sophos, which advises only sharing threat warnings after double checking the information with credible sources.
“Virus hoaxes are actually harder to kill off than real viruses – unlike computer malware, hoaxes have spread not just via computers but by Ed Stewart repeating them on the radio, in the newspapers, and while having a chat down the pub,” explained Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. “As social networks like Facebook are the new place to ‘hang out and chat with your friends’, they provide perfect conditions for hoaxes to spread at breakneck speed.”