FB Messenger has been hit by a large-scale scam marketing campaign that was detected by Group-IB, a world menace looking, and adversary-centric cyber intelligence firm. Group-IB Digital Risk Protection (DRP) analysts have discovered proof proving that Messenger customers in over 80 countries in Europe, Asia, the MEA area, North and South America may need been affected, the company mentioned in a launch.
“By distributing adverts selling an allegedly up to date model of FB Messenger, cybercriminals harvested customers` login credentials,” the corporate mentioned.
The Cyber Intelligence Company has discovered that just about 1,000 pretend FB accounts are distributing hyperlinks to an allegedly up to date model of FB Messenger. And Messenger customers who adopted the hyperlink would then be redirected to a pretend FB Messenger web site with a login type, by way of which cybercriminals harvested customers credentials.
Based on the intelligence company, scammers used official FB logos and shortened hyperlink names that resembled the actual ones. Group-IB mentioned that the social media itself has nothing to do with the scammers.
The size of the scam has grown considerably over the previous a number of months, the corporate famous. As of April, the investigative crew discovered 5,600 FB posts inviting customers to put in the pretend.
“Scammers, in flip, are possible to make use of the compromised account to both blackmail the sufferer, pushing them to pay a ransom to have entry to their account restored, or additional scale up the scheme utilizing the FB profile to distribute rip-off adverts,” the release mentioned.