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Anonymous will rein in Facebook 'Fawkes Virus'

Group will tame worm for its proper use
Fri Nov 11 2011, 10:43

HACKTIVIST GROUP Anonymous has posted a video about a virus on Facebook that appears to be spinning out of control.

"Anonymous #Operation 'Fawkes Virus' Released on Facebook," said a short tweet made by the @Anon_Central account, which links to a Youtube video.

The video says that the virus attaches itself to a Facebook page, starts sending out malicious links and gains access to your account. Once there it seizes control, then starts making friend requests and hopping between pages.

According to the video the worm is sophisticated and a hacked account could open users up to hacks on their hard drives and loss of control over their entire systems. Although it seems firmly rooted in Facebook, the video said that it could be applied to any social network and added, "We did not expect the intensity in which it would spread."

"Anonymous would like to welcome you to the Fawkes virus which was fully written by Anonymous programmers," says the robotic voice-over as it explains just how far and wide and vigorously it seems to be spreading. "After the worm is under control Anonymous will use this to its advantage against corruption and as an alternative attack against its opponents".

We have asked Facebook for a comment on the virus, and will update when we have its response. µ


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