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Watch Out For SVG in Facebook Messenger To Avoid Ransomware

By December 8, 2016March 2nd, 2023Blog, Cybersecurity

watchxoutBy now, you’re probably familiar with the ransomware known as “Locky.” It’s an insidious form of malware that completely locks down your computer and encrypts all your files. Once it has taken root in your system, you’ve only got two choices, neither of them good.

You can either restore your machine from whatever backups you have, or you can pay the BitCoin ransom to get your system and your files back.

What you may not be aware of is that hackers have found a new way of spreading the software. Increasingly, they’re using the Facebook Messenger app, and in particular, they’re embedding the software inside SVG graphics files.

If you get a Facebook message, even if it is from a known and trusted source, and that message contains an SVG file, don’t click it under any circumstance. Your friend’s Facebook account may have been compromised and could be used by the hackers to spread their malware to other systems.

SVG files are Scalable Vector Graphics and have the convenient (and unfortunate, in this instance) ability to house embedded content, such as Javascripts. This is all a hacker needs to infect your system with Locky, or other forms of malware.

If you’ve got a team dedicated to increasing your brand’s awareness on Facebook, it’s important to make them aware of this fact as soon as possible in order to prevent any unfortunate instances of Locky winding up on your company’s network.

The state of digital security is always a precarious one, but this is an especially nasty attack vector because it seems so innocuous. If you’re not sure you have the manpower to cope with this and other evolving threats, then give us a call today, and one of our talented experts will be happy to talk with you about your specific situation and outline ways we can help.

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.