Cyber criminals are flooding the Internet with phishing e-mails that target Facebook users. The e-mails tell recipients that their Facebook account password have been reset, and urge them to click on the attachment to obtain new a new login. Security company McAfee warns that if the attachment is opened, it will download several types of malicious software, including a virus that can steal banking passwords and other sensitive information.
McAfee estimates that hackers sent out tens of millions of spam across Europe, the United States and Asia since the campaign began on Tuesday.
Dave Marcus, McAfee's director of malware research and communications, said that he expects the hackers will succeed in infecting millions of computers.
"With Facebook as your lure, you potentially have 400 million people that can click on the attachment. If you get 10 percent success, that's 40 million," he said.