Group-IB, a global threat company and cyber-intelligence opponent, has launched a large-scale fraud campaign targeting Facebook Messenger users around the world.
Group-IB Digital Risk Protection (DRP) analysts have found evidence that consumers in more than 80 countries in Europe, Asia, the MEA region, North and South America may have been affected, the company said. in a message. “By distributing ads promoting a supposedly updated version of Facebook Messenger, cybercriminals have collected users’ login credentials,” the company said.
The cyber intelligence company found about 1,000 counterfeits Facebook accounts distributing links to a supposedly updated version of Facebook Messenger. Users who follow the link will be redirected to a fake Facebook Messenger website with an login form through which cybercriminals collect users’ credentials.
According to the intelligence company, the fraudsters used official Facebook logos and abbreviated names of links that look like real ones. Group-IB said the social media giant itself had nothing to do with the scheme.
The scale of the fraud has grown significantly in the last few months, the company said. As of April, the investigation team found 5,600 posts on Facebook inviting users to install the fake “latest Messenger update,” Sputnik reported.
Group-IB’s DRP analysts found fraudulent ads targeting users in at least 84 countries around the world, including Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa.
Users who have fallen victim to the scheme run the risk of leaking their personal data and having their account stolen, the company said.
“Fraudsters, on the other hand, are likely to use the compromised account, or blackmail the victim by forcing them to pay a ransom to regain access to their account, or further increase the scheme by using a Facebook account to distribute fraudulent ads.” release said.
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