Popular Facebook game Farm Town has been affected by adverts infected with malware.
Slashkey, which developed the site, has warned that some third party adverts are displaying virus messages, but they’re intended to get credit card details out of people.
Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at Sophos, said that Farm Town has an astonishing 9.6 million monthly players on Facebook.
“Players of games like Farm Town are not all geeks, and might easily fall hard and fast for a bogus security warning, straight into the hands of hackers,” he said. Slashkey, he said, should disable third party adverts until the problem is fixed.
“Doing anything less is surely showing a careless disregard for the safety of its players. Until the makers of Farm Town resolve the problem of malicious adverts, my advice to its fans would be stop playing the game and ensure that their computer is properly defended with up to date security software,” he continued.
He said Scareware attacks are on the increase and unsuspecting users are easily frightened into installing software intended to exploit people.