How Hackers Are Getting Access to Facebook Accounts

Publicado em: 09/10/2023
Autor: yeti lab
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Tempo de leitura: 1 minuto

When someone has been hacked, it can damage their reputation and cost thousands of dollars in lost ad revenue. Dale Berry is the owner of an English preschool in Japan. He was victimized when his Facebook account stolen. Hackers made use of his account to run fraudulent ads, draining his business and ruining his reputation.

The hackers initially targeted users with weak passwords, such as “qwerty” and “password.” Once they have access to an account, they review the top five most popular friends and then impersonate one of them and ask for a password reset number. The hackers then use the security feature that lets users add trusted contacts to their account in the event that they forget their password. They can request these trusted friends to provide them with the one-time code that will allow them access to the account.

Another method hackers can gain access to accounts is through the purchase of stolen login details. A cache of 26 million Amazon, LinkedIn and Facebook passwords was recently discovered for sale on the dark web. Many of them were released via custom Trojan malware that infiltrated millions of Windows-based devices between the year 2018 until 2020.

Users can avoid these attacks if they make sure whether the address bar in the browser indicates Facebook and not another website. It is also recommended to use the password that combines numbers spaces, letters and spaces and never use the same password for other social media or email accounts. Additionally users should keep track of their activity notifications on a regular basis. Twitter is an example. It sends a notification when there’s an unusual login from a new device or location.