New Delhi. If you also have a Facebook account then you need to be careful. The thing is that cyber researchers have said that a large number of Facebook accounts are in danger. Hackers are targeting them with phishing scams to steal their money. These researchers say that the massive phishing campaign has targeted millions of Facebook users worldwide.
HT Tech wrote, researchers warn that Facebook phishing scams are spreading rapidly through Facebook Messenger on mobile devices. Amazingly, this recently discovered phishing attack has been around for over a year. This has been exposed by Nick Ascoli of PIXM. PIXM is an anti-phishing browser extension. Tech news website HelpNetSecurity told about the phishing attack campaign in a video.
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Millions of people are viewing these websites
Ascoli’s team revealed that several masquerading websites were posing as official Facebook login pages. Ascoli of PIXM told in the video that what is more dangerous is that millions of people are watching each such website. The purpose of these websites is to trick people into stealing their Facebook credentials. These links to malicious websites are being shared widely by Messenger. He further added that once the Facebook credentials are acquired by these online fraudsters, they can easily log into your Facebook account. This can also be done automatically.
Attackers have many devious ways to steal money
The cyber researcher revealed that the attackers have also figured out a way to put the names of their target people in the link to make it more real. These Facebook logins can lead to accounts with banking information, such as shopping websites, where people typically use Facebook to log into the website’s portal. However, the online attackers who are running this Facebook scam campaign have devious ways to steal money.
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Suppose that once someone has entered their Facebook details in the fake website, they will be redirected to an advertising page. It has been said that hackers can even earn hundreds of dollars a month from a single victim with one successful hit on these fake login pages.
How to avoid this scam
- Researchers have told that if you get any such suspicious online scam message, then you should avoid clicking on them or on any link or attachment.
- If you think there is something wrong with a message or website, proceed with extreme caution.
- Never enter your Facebook login credentials on unknown pages.
- If you find any such malicious websites or scams then you should immediately report to the Cyber Crime Cell.
Tags: Facebook, online fraud
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 25, 2022, 16:58 IST