Facebook found a new use for some of the Mafia Wars spam we see in our news feeds. Unfortunately many of these requests are in a players advantage to accept and they will now be slowed down due to a forced malware checkpoint. Players are now getting locked out of their Facebook accounts until they complete the viral scan either McAffe or Microsoft Essentials. The explanation provided by Facebook can be found here. Apparently this has been around for sometime but Mafia Wars players are now getting the check points for clicking on game requests. So far players have reported getting it when clicking on a Stranger’s Swag or War request. Zynga needs to talk to Facebook and get this nonsense to stop. Mafia Wars requests are an annoying part of the game but they aren’t malware nor will they hurt anyone’s computer. Obviously Facebook is getting paid by the companies offering these free but forced scans (see image #6). Below is a the process players locked out of their accounts need to go through in order to get them back. I would never let anything by McAaffe on my computer. That company practices some sleazy marketing tactics and their product isn't even that good.
Thanks to Edward Larson and Mike Nestor for the links and screen shots.