iHeartradio Ends Required Facebook Log-In ... As Worm Infects FB Log-Ins
January 6, 2012 at 3:09 PM (PT)
It may be all a coincidence, but iHEARTRADIO's move to enable users to create their own PANDORA-like stations or bookmark other stations without logging in through FACEBOOK comes at about the same time that a viral worm was reported to have stolen over 45,000 FACEBOOK log-in credentials worldwide, mostly from users in the U.K. and FRANCE.
iHEARTRADIO's move to de-link its log-ins from FACEBOOK may have been reported in the web, but CLEAR CHANNEL didn't not publicize the move; a CC spokesperson has yet to respond to questions about the decision to make the move.
Meanwhile, the LONDON TELEGRAPH reports that the RAMNIT worm, which was first noticed in APRIL 2010, only recently infiltrated FACEBOOK. ISRAELI computer security firm SECULERT reported that whoever is behind the new RAMNIT variant is using the stolen log-in details to access victims’ FACEBOOK accounts and send malicious links to their friends. The personal information stolen from compromised FACEBOOK accounts is potentially valuable to cyber criminals and is sometimes traded on online black markets.
FACEBOOK has quickly responded to the outbreak, first concluding that most of the stolen log-ins were out-of-date, but "we have initiated remedial steps for all affected users to ensure the security of their accounts.
"Thus far, we have not seen the virus propagating on FACEBOOK itself, but have begun working with our external partners to add protections to our anti-virus systems to help users secure their devices."
According to SECULER, whoever is behind the new RAMNIT variant is using it the stolen log-in details to access victims’ FACEBOOK accounts and send malicious links to their friends.
As always, FACEBOOK recommended that "users should never click on strange links and should report any suspicious activity."