How Hackers Are Getting Access to Facebook Accounts

When someone has been hacked, it can damage their reputation and cost thousands of dollars in lost revenue. Dale Berry is the owner of an English preschool in Japan. He was the victim of a hacking attack on his Facebook account compromised. Hackers used his account to run fraudulent ads, destroying the business of his owner and destroying his reputation.

The hackers began targeting people with weak passwords like “qwerty” and “password.” Once they have access to an account, they scan the top five most popular friends and then impersonate one of them to request for a password reset code. They then make use of a security feature that permits users to add friends as trusted contacts in case they forget their password and they can request those trusted friends to give them the one-time password to regain access to the account.

Another way hackers gain access to accounts is by buying stolen login information. Recently an inventory of 26 million Amazon, LinkedIn, and Facebook passwords was discovered available on the dark web. Many of these passwords were taken by a custom Trojan malware that was able to infect millions of Windows-based computers between 2018 and 2020.

Users can stay safe from these attacks if always check that the address bar on their browser is Facebook and not another website. The password should be created by that combines letters, numbers, and spaces. Never reuse it for another social media or emails accounts. They should also monitor their notifications for any activity on a regular basis. Twitter for instance, sends a notification when there’s a suspicious login from a new device or location.

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