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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Koobface.EA

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Koobface.EA
Technical name:W32/Koobface.EA.worm
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Net-Worm.Win32.Koobface.aub,
Type:Worm
Effects:  

Its main aim is to spread itself via the social network Facebook and affect as many computers as possible. It downloads and installs in the computer a fake antivirus program that warns users of unexisting threats.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:July 20, 2009
Detection updated on:Sept. 19, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Koobface.EA is a worm whose main aim is to spread itself via the social network Facebook and affect as many computers as possible.

Additionally, it downloads and installs in the computer a fake antivirus program that warns users of unexisting threats, so that they pay for a certain security solution.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Koobface.EA is easy to recognize, as it spreads via the social network Facebook:

  • It publishes a video like the following in the home page of the user:

  • If the link is followed, users are redirected to a website that imitates YouTube's, where the video can be viewed.
  • However, in order to view the video, an Adobe Flash Player update is required:

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