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Facebook 'colour change' virus is back

Have you tried to change the colour scheme of your Facebook profile lately? Beware of virus attack as a 'colour change' malware is back and has already affected over 10,000 people around the world.

By:IANS
| Updated on: Aug 12 2014, 09:50 IST
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Have you tried to change the colour scheme of your Facebook profile lately? Beware of virus attack as a 'colour change' malware is back and has already affected over 10,000 people around the world.

The malware has been fixed by Facebook repeatedly but it has resurfaced again, reports added.

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It begins by advertising an app that tells Facebook users they can change the colour theme of their profile.

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Download the app and you are directed to a malicious phishing site, Mashable reported.

The danger starts herewith.

The website targets users by stealing their Facebook Access Tokens by asking them to view a colour changer tutorial video.

Temporary access to the tokens allows hackers to connect to the user's Facebook friends.

If a user does not view the video, the website tries to get them to download the malicious application.

If a user is on a computer, the website leads them to download a pornographic video player.

'If the user is on an Android device, the site issues a warning saying the device has been infected and advises users to download a suggested app,' said a report on Cheetah Mobile, a Chinese internet company.

If you have downloaded the app, uninstall it immediately and change your Facebook password, it said.

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First Published Date: 08 Aug, 10:00 IST
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