Our beloved Facebook Messenger is vulnerable to ‘malware infections’. Yep, that’s true. Recently, a group of hackers have found a temporary way to breach Facebook security system. They can bypass Facebook filters to deliver harmful Chrome extensions to users. The worst part is this extension downloads harmful Trojan and malware programs on your desktop. Unsuspecting Facebook users download such files by mistake, which can cause potential harm to their system.
How Did Facebook Get Involved in this Vicious Cycle of Malware?
According to security researchers, these malicious files have .svg extension. Being a new extension, these can easily bypass online filters. Moreover, hackers can experiment with the new file format to create potential harmful files.
How does it work? Well, when you click on a malicious image, it diverts you to a fake YouTube page that will ask you to add a codec so that you can view this video on Google Chrome browser. While doing so, it’ll prompt you to allow it access to your browser history. Once you grant it required permission, the link will start downloading malware on your system.
The exact cause or intent of downloading such files is not clear. There are no reports of data theft or locky malware being downloaded on systems.
So this is how you can prevent it from harming your system. Avoid downloading suspicious image files to avoid this hassle. This is best way to protect your privacy in the virtual world.