Phishing and Hacking target Facebook

Social networking sites have played a significant role in the lives of many everyday Internet users by providing an enjoyable and interactive platform to keep in touch with friends, colleagues, family or share images and videos. And as every good thing on the Internet that gains any popularity it often also ends up getting the attention of the wrong kind.

For the avid fans of social networking sites like Facebook, there is bad news. 

News reports reveal that hackers have found some vulnerability in the message service and are targetting innocent Facebook subscribers with unsolicited messages. The phishing attacks are engineered carefully as unsuspecting users get strange messages from their own Facebook contacts.  The messages are mostly requesting innocent users to simply go to specific websites and unfortunately quite a number of the recipients have indeed ventured into typing these URLs in their web browsers. Some of these sites are designed to look like Facebook requesting login information and as soon as the user types in the confidential data, the information is captured by the phishing sites. Some other sites are simply downloading malware into the computers of surfers aiming to capture private and confidential data like passwords, credit card details etc. Most of these suspicious inbox messages are requesting users to go to strange URLs some ending with .be . A commonality of all these unauthorised messages is that they are being sent as bulk messages to many contacts of a target profile.

 

How to avoid these attacks? Well if you are a Facebook user, there is no way you can avoid getting these messages although you definitely have the choice of not falling for them. So if you receive a message from a known Contact requesting you to go to a particular website or URL without specifically explaining the reason, just be careful. A simple way to avoid falling for this bait is to message the Contact from whom you have allegedly received the message  and query as to whether and why the URL was sent in the first place. I am sure if your Contacts want to share a particular URL, they will most definitely tell you the reason in the message itself. So Facebook users, tread with caution!

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