Facebook Messenger turns into a huge Cyber Threat!

    Some hackers are using popular Facebook Messenger(FM) service as a platform to spread fake Hoax links which when clicked can turn into huge cyber threats. So, all you guys who get a suspicious link from a friend on Facebook Messenger should from now on be very careful while clicking the link inserted in the message.

    Technical knowledge sharing digital platform Bleeping Computer has shared this news and furnished some details on how the hoax messages on Facebook Messenger are creating havoc in the cyber space.

    And as per the details available to our Cybersecurity Insiders, the scam is taking in the following way- Hackers are sending fake messages with a recipient name, the word ‘video’ and a shocked emoji, followed by a link. And as soon as the FM user clicks on the link, they are being directed to malicious websites depending on their browser.

    For example, Google Chrome users who click the link are being directed to a fake YouTube channel which is infected with malware.
    Firefox users are being directed to a fake Flash Player Installer, which infects the user with adware.

    IT Security researcher David Jacoby says that the link points out to a google document which already has a picture taken from the victim’s Facebook page. Then a dynamic landing page which looks like a playable movie is created and when the victim clicks on the fake playable movie, the malware redirects them to a malicious website and infects their device. Then that infected device from then on will help hackers located remotely to send hoax messages and links to your Facebook Messenger contacts.

    Means, all this said malware spread is taking place as a chain reaction.

    Some innocent victims reporting to Daily Mail have complained that the malware is tracking their keyboard activity which could prove fatal to those who are interacting with banking apps on a regular note.

    Bleeping Computer has alerted the security team of Facebook Messenger on this issue. And recommends FM users to avoid clicking links on the platform and immediately report those spam messages to Facebook.

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    Naveen Goud
    Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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