Scam Alert: Beware of "Storm Worm" e-mail that spreads malware: "FBI vs. Facebook"

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The FBI has issued a recent warning to be on the lookout for spam e-mail spreading malicious software (malware) which mentions "F.B.I. vs. facebook."

The e-mail directs the recipient to click on a link to view an article about the FBI and Facebook. Once the user clicks on the link, the "Storm Worm" malware is downloaded to the Internet-connected device, causing it to become infected with the virus and part of the Storm Worm botnet. A botnet is a network of compromised machines under the control of a single user. Botnets are typically set up to facilitate criminal activity such as spam e-mail, identity theft, denial of service attacks, and spreading malware to other machines on the Internet.

The Storm Worm virus has capitalized on various holidays and fictitious world events in the last year by sending millions of e-mails advertising an e-card link within the text of the spam e-mail.

Be wary of any e-mail received from an unknown sender.

Do not open any unsolicited e-mail and do not click on any links provided.

Never dial a number provided in a phishing email -look up phone numbers to legitimate lenders or entities you deal with.

If you have received this, or a similar e-mail, please file a complaint at

For additional tips and scam warnings see Scams and Phishing Scams

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