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Most of Middle East unaffected by Facebook scam

McAfee reveals which countries in the region were compromised by recent ‘password reset’ scare

Map of countries with Facebook password reset scam activity in the Middle East.
Map of countries with Facebook password reset scam activity in the Middle East.

Most countries in the Middle East were not badly affected by the recent Facebook password reset scam that saw more than 400 million users potentially at risk.

The scam works by sending emails that appear to be from Facebook, telling recipients that their password has been reset and that they need to click on an attachment to retrieve it. The attachment however is a password stealer that installs on systems automatically and can potentially access any login credentials used on a compromised computer, and not just for the user's Facebook account.

McAfee issued a ‘consumer threat alert' because of the scam on March 14th saying that is "potentially very dangerous considering that there are over 400 million Facebook users who could fall for this scam".

In an update on the situation, McAfee told ITP.net that the Middle East was also affected like every other part of the world and provided a map marking areas of malware activity in the region (above). In that, only Cyprus, Israel, Qatar and Turkey show that it's affected by the malware while other countries including Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Yemen show none at all.

The company declined to provide estimates on exactly how many computers in the Middle East were compromised since it would only represent McAfee's customer numbers and not all the systems involved.