Cybercriminals Flock to Facebook

Aug 14, 2014

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Before the Internet, criminals had to search through trash or steal physical documents in order to gain access to personal information. Before social media, cybercriminals sent fake email links that lured victims in and persuaded them to disclose information.  Now, cybercriminals are following everyone else and flocking to Facebook.

There are 1.24 billion monthly Facebook users. On average, a user will have 200 or more friends on Facebook. Each time a cybercriminal gains unauthorized access to an account, they immediately have access to every friend in their contact list.

Cybercriminals create fraudulent sites that look almost identical to popular sites. They will use the hijacked Facebook accounts to share links with friends and family that will direct them to the fake sites.

This growing problem does not affect desktop users only. Facebook applauded themselves for reaching 1 billion monthly active mobile users, and cybercriminals are applauding them as well.  Smartphone and tablet owners who access social media via mobile devices are at risk of logging into fake sites. They will be asked to enter login information; the site will record their credentials and forward it onto more cybercriminals. 

These sites have -and will continue to- defraud many of financial information unless users are smarter than the criminals.


  • Be on high alert if you receive an email from Facebook stating that your account is blocked. Facebook will never ask for login credentials via email.
  • Look for the “https.” Facebook uses this in their URL to securely transmit data. If it is absent, the site is most likely fake.
  • Be cautious when opening email attachments and web surfing.
  • Install and update antivirus programs.

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