Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger users targeted in phishing scam

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Meta has said it is suing people who allegedly impersonated its family of apps, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, for hosting a massive phishing scam. The company said in a blog post that these bad actors shared their login credentials on fake login pages of Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp by duping people. As part of the action, the company is cracking down on malicious actors who have created 39,000 websites by impersonating the login pages of Meta’s family of apps.

In a blog post, the company wrote that the defendants used a relay service called Ngrok to redirect Internet traffic to phishing websites while concealing their location and identities. Users who clicked on the phishing link were redirected to a page that resembled the login page for Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram or Messenger. And when they entered their login details, the defendants would enter the login credentials of the victims.

It’s worth noting that Meta (formerly Facebook) has not only sued the malicious actors behind attacks on its users for phishing attacks, but also for copyright infringement of its logos, including Meta, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and others. also suing for Courier. “By creating and disseminating URLs to phishing websites, Defendant falsely represents himself to be Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, or WhatsApp, without Plaintiff’s authorization … the use of trademarks by Defendant may result in confusion, error, or fraud.” is likely to originate, sponsor or approve the unauthorized use of trademarks on phishing websites by the defendants, causing harm to the plaintiffs and their users,” Facebook wrote in its complaint.

“As a result of the defendant’s acts of trademark infringement, the plaintiff has suffered a loss of goodwill associated with the trademark,” the company said.

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Notably, the development follows another announcement by Meta, in which the company warned about 50,000 users using its platform to be targeted by mercenary spy firms. At the time, the company said that journalists, dissidents, critics of the authoritarian regime, families of opposition members and human rights activists from more than 100 countries around the world were being targeted by surveillance companies based in China, Israel, India and North Macedonia. Was.

In the same blog post, the company said it had banned a total of 1,500 Facebook accounts in connection with the firms in order to protect its users.

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