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Facebook Fan Check Virus

I read an article today regarding an alleged Facebook based virus from the “Fan Check” application. I will admit I’ve been sucked into the Facebook, but to my defense I primarily stick to just a few applications. Reading about this makes me glad that I’m running Chromium browser on Linux. I think, between the two of those, my chances of becoming infected are pretty slim. The chances of becoming infected with any kind of virus are pretty limited by using Linux in the first place, but that is pretty obvious. What I found interesting about this article and the related “infection” is that, so far, there haven’t been any proven cases of the Facebook application actually directly infecting anyone. The infection is caused by third-party websites provided through search engine results, and then by way of social engineering. Whether from the Facebook application or the third-party websites, this infection does not rely on browser vulnerabilities or outdated software. Read more