Facebook: a security breach made it possible to spy on Messenger conversations -
For several days now, many Messenger users have reported receiving a strange message from a contact.
The message in question says “this looks like you…” followed by a broken heart and a link.
Intrigued, users click on the link that directs them to a Facebook identification page.
Trusting their interlocutor and the visual of the page, many of these people identify themselves to find out what they look like ... Unfortunately, the link sent actually refers to a fake Facebook page which retrieves the identifiers of the victims.
Hackers can then connect to the victims' Facebook account and spread their phishing campaign to all of their contacts.
The goal is to spread the campaign as much as possible, in order to retrieve as many Facebook identifiers as possible.
This type of data does indeed sell very well on some forums.
Hackers can also use stolen Facebook credentials to log into other platforms to gain access to more sensitive information.
We speak in this case of "credential stuffing", a malicious technique which consists in testing a couple of identifiers on many Internet sites based on the idea that Internet users use the same email address and the same password to all their accounts.
A recurring phenomenon
Unfortunately, this type of campaign is not uncommon on Messenger, but many users are still being fooled today, especially people not used to this type of scam.
To avoid this, it is best to ask the person they are talking to if they are the author of the message as soon as the latter seems suspicious or includes a link.
This will prevent you from clicking on a malicious link.
If despite everything, you clicked on the link and you are asked to enter your Facebook or other credentials, check the URL of the page.
Finally, if you have accidentally identified yourself on a fake Facebook page, quickly change your identifiers and inform your contacts that they could potentially receive a fraudulent message from you.
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