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Facebook – Game of Thrones cancellation hoax

Security researcher Graham Cluley reports this hoax message triggers a fake JAVA update that may allow malicious software to be installed

QUOTE: A message has been spread between Facebook users claiming that the hit TV series “Game of Thrones” has been cancelled. Knowing just how many people are avid watchers of the fantasy series, it’s hard to imagine that many wouldn’t be tempted to click on the link.  In this case, however, clicking on the link will take you to a webpage that attempts to convince you that your computer’s copy of the Java plugin is out-of-date, and that you should install a new one.

The webpage (very helpfully) offers you a free download of Java Version 7 Update 25. However, your alarm bells should be ringing.   Even if Java Version 7 Update 25 was the latest version of Java (which it isn’t – at the time of writing, Java Version 7 is at Update 60, and Java version 8 is at Update 5), you should always be wary of downloading updates from anything other than the official website.  Chances are that this download is malicious, and designed to infect your computer.

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