friendster message video link a possible virus?
January 16, 2009 12:44am CST
hi all! almost everyone has an account with a social networking site. some of these sites are mylot, friendster, facebook, hi5 and a lot more. friendster is one of the widely used social networking sites, and i am one of those with a friendster account. and this is where we focus on the discussion's topic... when i came home from a vacation last week, i received a message from a former colleague at work. the message contained a video link and says that i was caught on videotape with something funny during a company party. i got curious (coz i got drunk 3x and couldn't remember what happened... and i might've been videotaped!) and clicked on the link. the link showed a seemingly valid video website (much like youtube), but i'm being forced to download a file. sensing danger, i closed the window, rebooted the system and ran a virus check. fortunately, my computer wasn't infected. but i did a little more research, and found some people speculating that this is a possible "intra-friendster" virus which spreads within friendster accounts. since i was silly enough to click on the link (i didn't think that such a virus was possible), i was automatically spreading the friendster message "virus" to others. have you experienced this as well? thanks and happy mylotting!
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• United States
24 Jan 09
I thought I was the only one who experienced it. One of my past co-worker would occasionally send me messages with video links through friendster.com and I never get to open or see any one of them. They say uploading videos can really catch up on infecting your computer and basically once you resend them you are practically passing on the virus. Be very careful when downloading any stuff. That is the reason most computers conk out. When you got protection or anti-virus systems, they usually block these. We may never understand the whole scenario about this technology but everything may have loopholes. Just need to be careful. Thanks for sharing.
16 Jan 09
I got the same message but did not dare to open it,too. In fact, I haven't known a particular occassion where I was videotaped secretly. And the person who send me is not really a close friend so I just deleted the message.
16 Jan 09
For my opinion. Any Links is a possible way to spread virus because you don't know if the site or sender is legitimate enough or the real source is trusted. Friendster nowadays with comments with webcam related is spreading very fast and almost user has a comment of that and not knowing by the user that his/her account is also being use to spread the so called virus effect comment. well nobody will think that your friend will send you a virus comment link right?! but thats the case right now spreading using social network. to be safe if you have a way to investigate first the source of any links or attachment that you receive is very important to help stop the spread of unwanted delays and might be a cause of trouble in the long term.
16 Jan 09
Oh wow thanks a lot mazdakid.... I have received that kind of post on my friendster. About this girl that said her webcam is on. And the comment comes from one of my friend on my list, and she is just a young girl. ^_^ And I comment back and thank and appreciate to the young girl friend of mine, even though I know that comment is with a sexy lady showing on a webcam. But I don't really about this until now. And now I'm feel so embarrass for that young girl friend of mine. sheesh! oh boi! ^_^
• United States
16 Jan 09
Hello mazdakid! It's probably true. I have been receiving video from you tube that says my webcam is ready and there's a pretty girl there. I asked my friend if she sent it to me and she said no, "how could that happen?" Well someone posted a bulletin about viruses here so all my questions were answered. If you want to know more about it for you to be aware, here's the post: [i]FRIENDSTER VIRUS (must read) Message: You probably got a message from one of your friend saying you'd been filmed and there's a web link that you tried opening but can't get through. Well, by doing that you're not only posting an automatic message to some of your friends but risking your computer for potential virus too.... So be aware of this messages and try to ignore or delete them. Their mimicking Youtube's URL web page. Right now their posting automatic comments with the video of a sexy girl and if you tried opening it you'll post the exact same comment to some of your random friends... In addition, if you receive a comment and/or message that has a video with a link that takes you to what looks like a friendster log-in page delete the comment and do not use the log-in link. Someone has phished the account it came from and is trying to phish yours. Using the log-in link will give them your log-in info and access to your account to do whatever they want. To help prevent this. I'm asking everyone to repost this bulletin or send this message to all of your friends. With this we can have a much more better Friendster experience.[/i]
16 Jan 09
so far, mazdakid, the answer from my end is a no. it is good that you have immediately come to your senses to have been quick to act that way before a virus infection got your way. i don't know why so many people nowadays are finding ways and more ways to infect some virus into some systems. it is hard to figure as to what they will get from the act. if it is just plain fun for them, may they at last find contentment and stop doing so. it is mighty disturbing and can cost a good amount of money at the end of the one who has fallen victim of the act.