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Virus blocked, Facebook says

August 09, 2008|From Times Wire Services

Facebook Inc. said it has blocked a virus that infected thousands of users' accounts by presenting itself as a video message.

The messages advertised links to videos on Google Inc. or YouTube, the head of security at Facebook said. But those who clicked on the phony links downloaded malicious software. He declined to elaborate.

Facebook disabled access to the links and is working to shore up security, he said.

Users who inadvertently downloaded the virus were presented with an image of a court jester sticking his tongue out and rolling his eyes, security-software maker Sophos said.

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