How Hackers Are Getting Access to Facebook Accounts

If someone is victimized, it could damage their reputation and cost thousands of dollars in lost advertising revenue. That’s what happened to Dale Berry, the owner of a preschool English academy in Japan who had his Facebook account hacked by fraudsters. Hackers ran fraudulent ads using his account, which depleted his business of money and caused him to lose his reputation.

Hackers initially target those who have weak passwords, for example “qwerty” or “password.” They then pretend to be a friend and ask for a code to reset the password. They then take advantage of the security feature that allows people to add friends as trusted contacts in the event that they forget their password and they can request those trusted friends to provide the one-time password required to gain access to the account.

Selling stolen login credentials is another way hackers gain access. Recently there was a cache of 26 million Amazon, LinkedIn, and Facebook passwords was discovered for sale on dark web. Many of these passwords were stolen by a custom Trojan malware that caused widespread infection of Windows-based computers between the years of 2018 and 2020.

Users can stay safe from these attacks if always make sure that the address bar on the browser indicates Facebook and not a different website. They should also make sure to use the password that combines numbers as well as letters and spaces and never use the same password for other email or social media accounts. Additionally they should be checking their activity alerts regularly. Twitter, for example, will notify users when there’s an unusual login from a new device or location.

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