Watch Out For Phishing Attacks On Facebook

After I posted the Can Hackers Post Sexy Pictures & Videos In My Facebook Wall? article, I came by an excellent example of a malicious app or fake video being used for phishing attacks on Facebook. This is arguably the easiest way for hackers to gain access to your Facebook account. Take a look at how they do it!

This video was shared multiple times by someone who is apparently unaware he’s doing it. Note that the video appears to be from YAN.VN (YAN NEWS). However, if you hover your mouse pointer over it, you will see that it leads to j.mp/1MHqhtE – a shortened link.

This sexy video hides a phishing attack!
This sexy video hides a phishing attack!

Clicking on the video led me to travelnewfan9.info/HongKong1/, which is the true link of j.mp/1MHqhtE. Google Chrome immediately identified it as a phishing attack website. Please DO NOT proceed further.

It leads you to a different website that Google Chrome identified as phishing website.
It leads you to a different website that Google Chrome identified as phishing website.

If you click to continue, or use a web browser that does not check for known phishing attack websites, you will be taken to this page which masquerades as a genuine Facebook log-in page. DO NOT KEY IN YOUR FACEBOOK LOGIN AND PASSWORD!

Indeed, it was designed to look like a Facebook log-in page, to encourage you to key in your real Facebook login and password!
Indeed, it was designed to look like a Facebook log-in page, to encourage you to key in your real Facebook login and password!

If you are too eager to watch that video, you will login without thinking twice. This gives the hacker your Facebook login information which they can now use to actually log into your Facebook account to post that fake video or a malicious app.

Even worse, they could use the opportunity to copy your personal photos, videos and other information, which they can use to access your other (email, banking, social media) accounts. So make sure you don’t fall for such phishing attacks on Facebook!

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I’ve Been Phished! What Can I Do???

If you actually keyed in your login information, you need to IMMEDIATELY :

  • Log into your Facebook account.
  • Make sure the email address registered to your Facebook account is correct and has not been changed.
  • Change the password for your Facebook account.
  • Enable the two-step authentication security feature in Facebook by registering your telephone number with your account.
  • If the hacker posted any pictures / videos / apps using your account – LOCATE AND DELETE ALL OF THEM.
  • Check if the hacker added any Facebook apps to your account. Remove any you don’t recognise.
    If you are not sure how to do this, follow this guide – How To Stop Facebook Apps Posting To Your Facebook Wall.

After doing that, repeat the relevant steps for any other (banking, email, social media) accounts that use the same / similar passwords.

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