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Facebook hackers use fake attack on Iran to spread malware

A “worrying number” of Facebook users are sharing a link to a malware-laden fake CNN news page reporting the US has attacked Iran and Saudi Arabia, security firm Sophos claims.

If users who follow the link then click to play what purports to be video coverage of the attack, they are prompted to update their Adobe Flash player with a popup window that looks very much like the real thing. Those who accept the prompt unwittingly install malware on their computers.

Within three hours of the scam’s appearance, more than 60,000 users had followed a link to the spoofed CNN page, according to Sophos Senior Security Advisor Chester Wisniewski. Facebook removed that link, but others are still being shared.

“The bad guys are rotating through scam pages trying to stay ahead of Facebook,” Wisniewski said.

In a statement, Facebook said it was “in the process of cleaning up this spam now, and remediating any affected users.”

Wisniewski said there are a number of ways that status updates could appear without users’ knowledge. Their Facebook accounts could have been hacked, allowing a third party to update their status. It is also possible for scammers to exploit weaknesses in the social networking platform itself or in web browsers to post a status update using JavaScript.

A representative status update shown in a screenshot on the Sophos blog reads, “US Attacks Iran and Saudia Arabia. F**k :-( [LINK] The Begin of World War 3?”

Users who accepted the Flash player update prompt installed a fake antivirus tool on their computers. That tool would then alert them that their computer is infected with malware that can be eliminated for a fee. Such scams are one of the most lucrative, Wisniewski said, noting the irony that they net far more money than the legitimate security products Sophos and other security companies peddle.

In addition to exercising a healthy dose of skepticism that the US would attack its ally Saudi Arabia, Facebook users can avoid the scam and others like it by updating Flash only from Adobe’s own website rather than from popups.

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US attacks Iran and Saudi Arabia? Malware spreads via Facebook status updates

A fake CNN webpage is being linked to from Facebook users’ status updates, claiming that World War III has begun.

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Israel sees narrowing window for attack on Iran

Officials are quietly conceding that new international sanctions targeting Iran's suspect nuclear program are further constraining Israel's ability to take military action.

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Iran nuclear standoff not swayed by sanctions

Western powers were drawing up plans on January 13, 2012 for tougher sanctions on Iran, despite the reluctance of Russia and Asia to take part, diplomatic pressure having failed to halt Tehran's nuclear drive.

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‘US, Israel backed Iran scientist killing’

An Iranian scholar and political analyst condemns the terrorist attack that killed Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, saying the attack was undoubtedly a US-Israeli coordinated assassination .

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Iran vows action against cyber terrorism

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL: Israel said the online publication of thousands of its citizens’ credit card details by a hacker who says he is based in Saudi Arabia was comparable to terrorism, and promised to hit back.

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Obama unveils leaner Pentagon budget with focus on China and Iran

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Outlining new military priorities after a costly decade of war, President Barack Obama called for shrinking the Army and Marines and refocusing Pentagon spending to counter dangers from China and Iran.

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Lawmakers Want Probe of Huawei Over Iran Sanctions

Six U.S. lawmakers have asked the State Department to investigate whether Chinese telecommunications-equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co. has violated U.S. sanctions on Iran by supplying it with sensitive communications technology that has been used for censorship. The lawmakers called on the department to “expeditiously investigate” whether Huawei violated U.S. sanctions passed by Congress in 2010 by providing technology to government-controlled telecoms that “has been used to restrict the speech of the Iranian people and the free flow of unbiased information in Iran.”

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U.S. Defense Strategy Plan Focuses on Thwarting China, Iran

The U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines must combine resources to thwart any efforts by countries such as China and Iran to block America’s access to the South China Sea, the Persian Gulf and other strategic regions, according to a draft of a Pentagon review.

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Video: Obama asks Iran to return downed drone

The White House has asked the Iranian government for the drone that was downed in their country as military officials claim they have retrieved the data necessary to reproduce the aircraft. Scott Pelley reports.

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