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If you’re invited to watch a movie on Facebook, realize that downloading a “special codec” or “media player” is ill-advised. It’s malware.

Example running right now:

Messages from Your Friends on Facebook, March 11, 2009

You have 1 Personal Message:
Video title: “Amanda is dancing on Striptease Dance Party, March 13, 2009! We’re absolutely shocked!”.

Proceed to view full video message:

hxxp://facebook.shared.completeserv.personalid-5ihg4wefb.based.867player com/home.htm?/tools/application=e1q3flwixa7lkef

Message ID: FB-7n1cqla9sgguzde
2009 Facebook community, Message Center.


When you try to view the “video”, you’re asked to download and run a “media player”. That’s the malware part.

This has been reported to Facebook.

Alex Eckelberry