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Watch Out For Facebook Private Messages That Include Videos

By November 1, 2016May 25th, 2021Blog, Cybersecurity

watchxoutFile this one under “public service warning.” If you’re a fan and regular user of Facebook, beware of a new virus that’s making the rounds inside the social media giant.

If you see a video on your wall titled “My First Video,” don’t click on it to play it. If you do, it will tag every member of your friend list, and place a copy of the video on their wall, making it the video equivalent to an email worm.

The viral video doesn’t do anything. It won’t upload or install files on your computer, or interfere with your system in any way, but like the earliest worm emails, it can easily overload Facebook’s servers and bring them to their knees.

The company is currently working to remove all traces of the rogue video, but the simple fact of its sudden appearance should send up a warning flag to both the company and to its legions of avid users. This will certainly not be the last viral video we see, but next time, pressing play may do more than just place a copy of the video on the walls of everybody on your friend list. If the hackers can make that happen, then it’s a sure bet that someone is already experimenting with more advanced and destructive functionality, and it’s just a matter of time before they succeed.

Even in its current incarnation, it can be potentially problematic for a small to medium sized business. Consider: If you use Facebook to promote your brand and communicate with your customers, and one of your employees inadvertently passes this viral video on to everyone who has friended you, it could easily generate bad optics and bad PR.

Make sure your brand manager and the people you’ve got working on your company’s Facebook page are aware of the video’s existence, and stay tuned. The company will almost certainly be providing additional details about the video as they get them.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.