Monday, July 15, 2024

Hacked Verified Facebook Accounts Luring People into Clicking Harmful Links

Recently a lot of verified accounts were hacked on Facebook. These accounts are now impersonating Meta. They are also purchasing ads and luring people into downloading suspicious links that contain malware. However, such accounts should be easy to identify.

Expert asks

Matt Navarra, a social media consultant, posted on Twitter, “How did this ad get approved @Meta? Verified account impersonating Meta tricking users into downloading shady tools,” with the screenshot of a fake ad. Another verified account was also hacked which is now posing as ‘Google AI’. This account is taking people to fake links for Bard.

As reported

Tech Crunch reported about an account, “That account previously belonged to Indian singer and actress Miss Pooja before the account name was changed on April 29. That account, which operated for at least a decade, boasted more than 7 million followers.” 

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Some of the hacked accounts sound like official pages of Meta like ‘Meta Ads Manager’, ‘Meta Ads’, etc. These accounts shared unsafe links which appeared on thousands of people’s feeds. A Meta spokesperson said, “While many of the improvements we’ve made are difficult to see – because they minimise people from having issues in the first place – scammers are always trying to get around our security measures.” 

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Discovery

Meta found out about malware creators last week who were taking advantage of people’s interest in ChatGPT. They were banking on this curiosity to bait people into downloading harmful browser extensions and applications. Meta considers this phenomenon to be similar to cryptocurrency scams. Both exploit the psyche of curious people to gain trust and access to their sensitive and confidential data. The company found at least 10 malware families pretending to be ChatGPT and similar tools to hack as many accounts as possible across the internet.

Meta says

In a security report, Meta wrote, “Over the past several months, we’ve investigated and taken action against malware strains taking advantage of people’s interest in OpenAI’s ChatGPT to trick them into installing malware pretending to provide AI functionality.” 

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Dipanita Bhowmick
Dipanita Bhowmick
Dipanita Bhowmick: I am a content writer with 13+ years of experience in various genres, allowing me to adapt my writing style to diverse topics and audiences. Alongside my passion for creating engaging content, I have a deep interest in esoteric knowledge, constantly exploring the mystical and unconventional realms for inspiration along with spiritual and personal growth.

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