We have to give them one thing: they show an inexhaustible creativity. The problem is that they use their ingenuity to cheat others. In fact, fraudsters are always using new scam techniques. These new practices are based on phishing or phishing. After using emails, SMS and phone calls, our colleagues from CNews reveal to us that they are attacking users of social networks.
Phishing: they use catchy phrases
The scammers know what they are doing. They are hiring catchy phrases so their goals fall into the trap. They threaten their targets with an alleged account ban, allegedly for copyright infringement. In return, they say that they can help certify accounts etc easily get subscribers. Processes behind which, however, a scam hides.
TikTok, Facebook: Beware of these new phishing scams https://t.co/s8M9AfKSfY #cybersecurity
— Laurent Sarralangue (@rensmajor) 27 July 2022
Let’s say it right away, their goal is to extort money from you. They want to recoverConnection Identification of their target or fly their confidential data. Norton, specialist in cyber security, raised the alarm on Tuesday 26 July. He calls for vigilance to deal with the resurgence of this type of attack on social networks.
545,000 phishing attempts between April and June
According to CNews, Norton and his team managed to block everything 29 million threats. A feat they achieved from April to June. And that’s an average of 320,000 blocks per day in three months.
All over France they could stop 545,000 phishing attempts in the same period. Still, according to our colleagues, this figure does not take into account the balance of other players in this sector.
In a press release, Darren Shou explains why cyber attackers use social network. The CTO at NortonLifeLock says it’s a “Cheap and very profitable way. » This allows for “targeted billions of people around the world. »
At the same time, Darren invites Shou “spot the signs of a scam. » It emphasizes the importance of keeping “a watchful eye on the origin of requests for information. »
You have to know how to read between the lines
Norton describes the schemes used by these scammers. As mentioned above, they threaten to close their target’s account. This is the first strategy that computer security researchers have identified. “Copyright Infringement”, this is what scammers use as an argument. They make it through email campaigns as videos pour into TikTok, Facebook or Instagram.
— Gilles Decanter (@GillesDecanter) 18 July 2022
Here, criminals play with the fear of social media. Thus, the targets give in and do what these villains order them to do. The latter shows them a link they are supposed to click on regulate the situation. Except, according to our colleagues from CNews, this link asks login credentials.
They offer to install a companion app
Scammers would use the same process to defraud some content creators. Thus, they make them believe that they can increase the number of their subscribers. It even happens that criminals offer to install a companion app. This is really just malicious software.
That’s not all, Norton also talks about other processes. Criminals pretend they can help get or keep certification of an account. That said, scammers run phishing campaigns to prevent alleged loss of certification. Otherwise, they say they can take care of anything to get some to be recognized. However, their goal is nothing more than to steal data.
A tactic other than phishing?
Our colleagues from CNews also reveal another tactic aimed at intercept temporary codes. Thanks to it, fraudsters can break into profiles with two-factor authentication enabled. The fraudsters can thus change their victim’s personal data or connection identifiers.
Social networks like Facebook, Instagram or TikTok attract billions of people, especially young people. The hackers, who know the needs of these people, manage to get their hands on icemultiple accounts from the same user.
To prevent this, be vigilant and avoid responding to alarming messages. It happens that we have doubts and that we see a problem on his account. In this case it is better change your password.