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45000 Facebook Passwords Stolen by Ramnit Worm

According to security experts, a computer worm which has been targeting Facebook has been able to steal 45,000 login credentials from the very popular social networking website. The security firm, Seculert, believes that the huge number of username and password largely belong to accounts in UK and France.

The infamous malware named Ramnit has been moving around in Facebook since the month of April 2010 and the security firm is also claiming that banking details of account holders were stolen previously. The malware has the capacity to infect Windows executables, DLLs and HTML files notes McAfee (opens in new tab).

The Securlet bulletin (opens in new tab) says, "We suspect that the attackers behind Ramnit are using the stolen credentials to log-in to victims' Facebook accounts and to transmit malicious links to their friends, thereby magnifying the malware's spread even further".

Soon after its discovery, in August 2010, the developers of malware borrowed various source code from Zeus botnet and Ramnit then "went financial". This added power to it and they were enabled to gain access into financial institutions, penetrate many corporate networks as well as compromise the online banking sessions.

Facebook has stated that they are looking into the matter. "Our security experts have reviewed the data, and while the majority of the information was out-of-date, we have initiated remedial steps for all affected users to ensure the security of their accounts", reported BBC (opens in new tab).

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.