Rapidly Spreading “Death Age” Facebook Virus Hoax Proved to be Bogus Threat
Tuesday 20th November 2018,

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Rapidly Spreading “Death Age” Facebook Virus Hoax Proved to be Bogus Threat

posted by Amy  
Filed under Featured, Malware & PC Security News, Online Safety Threat Alerts



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With Facebook being a billion-user-strong social network there is inevitably some type of virus or hoax spreading in a new form just about every day. In knowing that, the latest virus hoax to make its rounds on the social network giant is one called the “Death Age” virus hoax.

The particular Death Age virus hoax is one that Facebook users are pretty much unaware of the difference between a warning about a rogue spam application and a real virus threat. The message reads like the image and text below:

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image source: grahamcluley.com

ATTENTION EVERYONE WHO CAN SEE THIS PLEASE READ THERES A FACEBOOK VIRUS CALLES DEATH AGE A FIREY SKULL WITH THE AGE YOU SUPPOSEDLY LIVE UNTIL WITH ONE COMMENT TO A LINK DO NOT FOLLOW IT!!! IT POSTS TO EVERYTHING YOU BELONG TO I SWEAR TO EVERYTHING THATS TRUTH COPY, PASTE AND SHARE THIS POST HURRY IVE ALREADY BEEN INFECTED AND ITS POSTING ME EVERYWHERE AND ITS NOT ME

The warning is completely misleading. It is actually a warning of a Facebook application that ‘could’ post messages from your Facebook account but only after you have given it proper permission.

In retrospect, all apps on Facebook must go through the proper protocol to ask for permission for accessing or posting messages on your Facebook profile. This virus hoax is more of a placebo put in place to cause massive confusion and waste many Facebook users’ time.

Of course it may be prudent to warn other follow Facebook users and friends of a potential virus or hoax threat circulating on the social network. However, some of the messages warning users of a potential threat do more harm than good. Sometimes virus hoax messages like the one posted above will lead to user’s hastily making choices to block users, change privacy settings or end up downloading something that actually is malware or a virus.

In all, Facebook users should only heed to warnings they find a legitimate security sites or security pages. It is not to say totally ignore your Facebook friend when they post a virus or hoax warning, it is just to claim your common sense and do a little investigating of your own through legitimate and trustworthy avenues.



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