Facebook wall under seige.
Facebook lovers beware! A worm is attacking the beloved social network and distributing some potentially nasty stuff. The spoof appears in the form of a fake wall posting by someone on your friend list. In the post is a link to something that looks like it's hosted on Google.com. Clicking the link reportedly downloads a photo of a grinning court jester and some sort of Trojan.
I got fooled by this last night and I'm usually pretty good about these things. The link asked me to save an executable that claimed to be an Acrobat file. Normally I'd jump away from this in a hurry but the person the worm posed as on my wall has a history of distributing files in this way so I opened it up. I never saw the picture of the jester, and the file seems to have been benign, but at this point I really don't know what it did to Windows Vista nor do I know what evils await me. Hopefully my virus software is updated asap and picks this up.
So much for putting any level of trust into Facebook. Users should actually be less concerned about the worm and more concerned about the fact that it's able to post content on Facebook as if it was someone you know. That's simply ridiculous. Facebook's value is predicated on users owning their unique identity. If this identity can't be trusted, the whole thing falls apart. Facebook seems to have removed these fake wall posts so I've attached a screenshot of the email I received when my wall was updated.