It came to my attention from ~AF-studios
's Journal entry about a Phishing Spam mail alert which has hit dA.
I have experianced this before on Bebo lately!
The problem lies within the users, not dA! Once the virus gets onto your computer, it automatically sends messages from YOUR computer, not dA's servers!
This method of attack is often called zombification. Your computer is turned into a "zombie" (No, im not talking Resident Evil or Dawn of the Dead, that is what there called!) and the trojan can allow "hackers" access to your computer, and they can use your computer to spam others, if not more!
Not only is this dangerous, but this is illegal for you! If you dont have up-to-date, anti-virus, firewalls and spyware/malware protection. Your computer has a unique address of where it is located (Internet Protocol Address/IP Address) if a hacker uses your computer to spam, or worse ... Hack into someone elses, you ARE the one at fault if you dont have the following!
- Updates for your OS (Whether it be Windows, Linux, Mac or something else)
- Up-to-Date Anti-Virus (If you dont want to pay for one, i recommend 'AVG FREE' just do a Google search)
- Up-to-Date Anti-Spyware (Again, if you dont want to pay for one, do a search for 'AdAware Free Edition')
- Firewall (The one that comes with Windows XP and Vista is fine)
- A good strong password (XP Users - Boot your computer in Safe Mode, and assign a password to the built-in Administrator account. This is a common backdoor for trojans!
McAfee does NOT detect the virus, so if you use that download AVG or a trial version of either Kaspersky (#1 Anti-Virus) or Norton Internet Security Suite
Info from Wiki
A zombie computer (often shortened as zombie) is a computer attached to the Internet that has been compromised by a hacker, a computer virus, or a trojan horse. Generally, a compromised machine is only one of many in a botnet, and will be used to perform malicious tasks of one sort or another under remote direction. Most owners of zombie computers are unaware that their system is being used in this way. Because the owner tends to be unaware, these computers are metaphorically compared to zombies.Taken from Bebo Labs to inform you all
It seems that it's being spread in an automatic way comments like "Hey. I think i saw your picture on this website/blog here CLICK HERE". Everytime someone clicks on the link, it logs out automatically and nothing more happens. From there, the message starts circulating again, using your nickame, as if you were the sender.
If you see some comment from me (or from someone else) with that sentence, please DO NOT CLICK. You will only be logged out and you'll be starting to automatically send that message to others as well.My Latest News Article Spring Is In The Air - Manipulations that is....
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