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How Hackers Are Getting Access to Facebook Accounts

Hacking can ruin someone’s reputation and cost them thousands of dollars in lost advertising revenue. That’s exactly what happened to Dale Berry, the owner of an elementary school English academy in Japan who had his Facebook account hacked by fraudsters. Hackers created fake ads using his account, which depleted his business of funds and left him with a bad reputation.

The hackers began targeting people who had weak passwords like “qwerty” and “password.” Once they have access to an account, they review the top five most popular friends and then impersonate one of them to request for a password reset number. The hackers then take advantage an option to protect themselves that allows users to add trusted contacts to their account in the event that they forget their password. They can request these trusted friends to provide the one-time code that will allow them access to the account.

The purchase of stolen login details is another method hackers can gain access. A cache of 26 million Amazon, LinkedIn and Facebook passwords was recently discovered for sale on the dark web. Many of these passwords were stolen by a custom Trojan malware that caused widespread infection of Windows-based computers between the years 2018 and 2020.

Users can avoid these attacks by always making sure that the address bar on their browser is Facebook and not another website. Users should create a password that combines letters, numbers, and spaces. They should not use it for other email or social media accounts. Additionally they should be checking their activity notifications regularly. Twitter for instance, will notify users when there’s an unusual login on a new device or location.