India – You HACKED your facebook account – Sheikh Chilli

It's human nature to get interested into lives of others. Social Networking sites have evolved to be the one platform where people share a lot of things, give their views and invariably expose their online behavior which helps marketers to pitch in their product to the right buyers.

There are many scams online encouraging you to share your password to access the password of your friend’s account. Gmail, yahoo account password scams are more than common. last year’s Facebook scams in again raising its head, so BEWARE! While conducting Social Media Marketing Workshops I have found that people are not at all serious about their privacy settings or maybe are not aware enough.

WHAT IS THE SCAM?

Late last week, Facebook users in India were tricked by scammers who were claiming to offer a tool that could hack Facebook in order to obtain passwords belonging to the users’ friends. Unfortunately for these users, they actually ended up hacking their own accounts for the scammers and exposed their friends in the process. The scam employs an instructional video explaining “Facebook Hacking”, which linked to a Google document that contains some code. The code allows users to see friends’ Facebook passwords, according to the scammers, with the instructions attempting to convince users to paste the code into their browser console window – a feature of most browsers that allows developers to inspect and modify elements of a website and how it is presented in the browser. The instructions explain that the code will take two hours to work, belaying immediate suspicion when nothing happens to reveal the passwords of their friends.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

The scam claimed to offer a tool to find out the Facebook passwords of friends, but instead compromised the user’s account by tricking them into using some code that takes control of their account and exposes their friends’ data in the process. In reality the code performs actions behind the scenes using the would-be hacker’s Facebook account, including following certain users and liking pages. It also tags your friends into posts further reaching out to their timeline and spreading the carrot.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR ACCOUNT IS HACKED?

Simple things are often neglected. Here are the steps;

Go to activity log – Check out the like pages and identify the ones which you haven’t and then unlike them – post to your friends in case any status update has been sent from your end and making them aware of the scam.

REMEMBER

Internet privacy has to be respected. If you do your other will do it for you. It’s not easy to get into others account and besides in India and other countries there are cyber crime laws in place.

Happy Privacy.

Amit Jadhav

 

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