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New Virus Uses Facebook To Steal Passwords

About 800,000 Facebook users have been affected by a new virus that is using the social media to gain access into other online accounts.

The New York Times reports that this new threat hijacks your Facebook accounts and Web browsers, according to Italian security researchers who have been investigating the issue.

The virus appears as a link in an email or Facebook message that tells you someone has tagged you in a Facebook post. When you go to Facebook and click the link you’re sent to a different website and told to download a browser extension or plug in, in order to watch the video.

After the plug-in is downloaded the attack can gain access to everything you have stored in your browser, including accounts with saved passwords.

According to the researchers, the virus has been spreading at a rate of about 40,000 attacks an hour and has infected more than 800,000 people via Google’s Chrome browser.

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