Scammers have found a new way to hack into your account and steal your financial details.
Cyber security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia, who unravelled the scam, told The Quint that if you are popular on Facebook, chances are that you have received a copyright complaint, asking you to 'repair' your account.
He alleges that threat actors are sending out fake copyright complaint notifications to Facebook users with malicious links that can harm computers and mobile devices.
“Beware! Hackers are targeting almost all politicians, celebrities, media and famous Facebook accounts globally. You may receive a fake copyright complaint notification on FB. Don't click on the link. It's a Malware/Ransomware," Rajaharia warns.
Unearthing the Scam
Threat actors are distributing specially crafted fraudulent pages named 'Copyright Constraints Page 2021' and tagging parliamentarians, ministers, along with other government representatives.
Rajaharia said,"Hackers are using using phishing/malicious links to target verified pages. This is an old trick to hack pages, but now hackers are targeting pages with huge followers and very high reach.”
Jaipur Additional Commissioner of Police, Ajay Pal Lamba confirmed to PTI that he received notification from the page and he did not click on it as it was from an unverified page.
"I noticed that the message is fake as it claimed to be coming from Facebook Security Team and was seeking verification by clicking on a link. I saw the page was tagging only verified accounts. I would request everyone who has received this kind of notification should refrain from clicking on the link in the notification, which prima facie looks malicious," Lamba said.
Why is This Alarming?
In today’s era of digital identity, there has never been a riskier time for a celebrity’s privacy and reputation.
Earlier, in January, on Instagram, several celebrities, including Urmila Matondkar, Asha Bhosle and Amisha Patel, received a message on their Instagram accounts where the sender, usually a verified ID titled ‘Help Center’, claims he/she is associated with the ‘Instagram/Copyright infringement Center’.
The message reads, “Hello Instagram user, we have received many complaints about your account for a long time. We wanted to inform you about this. Before you delete your account, some of the posts you posted are against our community guidelines. If you think the copyright infringement statement is false, you must provide feedback. Otherwise, your account will be permanently deleted from the platform within 72 hours.”
"Such cases only show that copyright violation scams will soon become a trend and every social media platform will witness growth of such phishing pages"Rajshekhar Rajahaira, cyber security researcher
What Do Fraudsters Gain?
If the linked is clicked, Rajaharia says that either you will lose complete access to your account or if your page is monetised you will lose all the money your Facebook page has earned via Facebook's monetisation programmes.
Here's what Fraudsters can do after gaining access to your account:
Fraudsters can sell your personal details on the darknet for a high price
These accounts can also be sold at a high price, as they are verified
Some fraudsters can also ask money from others on their friends list
How to Stay Safe?
The only way to avoid falling victim to such scams is to be aware about it. If you see any message from Facebook asking you to click on links citing copyright infringement, delete the message and do not respond to it.
Rajaharia told The Quint that Facebook does not tag you in a post to respond to a copyright violation. You will get an e-mail from the Facebook team, if it is a legit copyright violation.
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