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Hackers offer fake Microsoft Update through Myspace

Security Firm McAfee reports that criminals are using hacked Myspace Profile to disseminate a Trojan malicious code.

The Trojan (opens in new tab), known as TFactory, has been used since the end of December 2006 according to Dave Marcus, a security research manager from McAfee.

Hackers have been using Myspace to display Fake Microsoft Updates in order to con victims into downloading TFactory onto their computer and although the attack has been deemed minor, McAfee has not found any similar pages yet.

Myspace accounts were obtained and used probably through phishing, unbeknown to their users and this goes to prove that although Myspace remains secure, individual pages can still be compromised.

The security firm also urged punters to get the latest copy of Microsoft's Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool which was released last Tuesday and which will allow users to get rid of malware to some extent.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.