A malware strain named Faceliker has been detected that can take over browsers and manipulate Facebook likes to promote social media content.

The malware is usually packed in rogue browser add-ons, and specifically Chrome extensions. Users are lured to pages that promote these rogue extensions, either using email or Facebook Messenger spam. Javvad Malik, Security Advocate at AlienVault commented below.

Javvad Malik, Security Advocate at AlienVault:

Javvad Malik“Users should exercise caution when installing browser add-ons and extensions. Many can be malicious in nature, designed to steal data, spy, or perform other nefarious activities.

Any extensions or add-ons should be installed from legitimate sites and users should never download from unsolicited emails.”

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