Earlier this month, antivirus company McAfee claimed that reports of virus Koobface, which hijacks Facebook accounts and in many cases deletes them, were on the rise. McAfee did an about-face recently, saying that the high counts of Koobface were erroneous.
Facebook is trying to educate users more about scams that seep through its News Feed, but according to antivirus firm McAfee, there has been an increase in the first quarter in reports of Koobface, a virus that hijacks Facebook accounts.
The Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham announced a $250,000 grant from Facebook Monday, and the funding comes not from the company’s coffers, but from money that Facebook has recovered from spammers around the world. The donation is in recognition of the center’s role in tracking international criminals behind social media botnet Koobface, as well as other spammers.