Threatwatch

Turkish government “Facebook” page infects netizens

Network intrusion; Social engineering; Man-in-the-middle attack

Cyber crooks debuted a new social media site on a server belonging to the Turkish government. A not-so-friendly one. Visitors are prompted to download special software for access, and the PCs of those who follow the instructions are invisibly hijacked for use in a network of attack computers, known as a botnet.

“Cybercriminals behind the campaign have uploaded a malware-serving fake ‘DivX plug-in Required!” Facebook-themed Web page. Once socially engineered users execute the malware variant, their PCs automatically join the botnet operated by the cybercriminals behind the campaign,” Webroot explains. 

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sector

Social Media

reported

October 10, 2013

reported by

Webroot

number affected

Unknown

location of breach

Turkey

perpetrators

Unknown

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

Unknown

date breach detected

October 2013