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Facebook Says It Has Contained Malware Threat

Mike Musgrove

Facebook says that it has put the brakes on the spread of a malicious software attack that was trying to propagate itself via the popular social networking site.

In an e-mail sent last night, Facebook's director of communications, Brandee Barker, wrote:

"The safety and security of our users is a top priority for Facebook. Over the past few days, we have received reports from users of spam and phishing attacks. We have also detected and contained a worm. We are investigating every report, removing false content, blocking bogus links and addressing the concerns of our users. These efforts have limited the affected users to a small percentage of those on Facebook. We encourage users with questions to check out the new Facebook Secuirty Page at www.facebook.com/security.

Earlier this month, attorneys for the social networking site filed a lawsuit against a Canadian man, claiming that he had used the site's service to send over 4 million spam messages.

"We will continue to fight to keep Facebook safe, but also ask that users help us," wrote Barker.

By Mike Musgrove  |  August 26, 2008; 11:52 AM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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