Your Facebook account can be hacked with copyright alert - New phishing method

Your Facebook account can be hacked with copyright alert - New phishing method

Your Facebook account can be hacked with copyright alert - New phishing method

Copyright infringement is a big issue and most social media sites take it seriously. If you tune a copyrighted video or song to YouTube, the notification will immediately go to the original owner and you will have to delete it to avoid legal action or sometimes it will be deleted automatically.

However, not all companies or copyright holders consider issues equally or take legal action all the time.

Fake copyright alerts and hacking?

Your Facebook account can be hacked with copyright alert - New phishing method

However, because of the involvement of the law, people tend to take copyright infringement seriously. And this is what scammers sometimes use to steal users' data using fake copyright alerts. If you have received such copyright alerts on Facebook, be aware that hackers may be trying to steal your password or Two Factor Login code.

According to Sophos Labs, a new type of scam has spread on Facebook through which scammers are sending out alerts of fake copyright infringement and tricking users into stealing passwords, phone numbers and two factor login codes.

How such tricks work?

You can also call this new method phishing, phishing is basically a kind of simple deception. Suppose you are logging into Facebook every day, signing in to Gmail, giving your various information such as name, address, phone number, credit card number while shopping for products. Are you sure that the sites where you provide your personal information are the real sites!

Scammers will send you an email stating that you are infringing on copyrighted content. It is feared that if you do not take action, the account will be closed.

Your Facebook account can be hacked with copyright alert - New phishing method

Clicking on a specific link will take you to a Facebook page and there you will find another page.

Your Facebook account can be hacked with copyright alert - New phishing method

The page that will open this time is not a Facebook page, it will be a phishing site that can look just like Facebook. That page may ask for your email, phone number, and email. Sometimes they may ask for the information twice.

Your Facebook account can be hacked with copyright alert - New phishing method

In the next step, they may ask for your Two Factor Login Code.

Anyway, I hope they have caught the trick.

How to stay safe?

Your Facebook account can be hacked with copyright alert - New phishing method

Let's see how to escape from this new trap,

Email Address Check: First check who sent your email and what its address is.

Address Bar Note: Check the link entered from the email, keep an eye on the address bar. For example, when you are on a Facebook page, check if there is http://www.facebook.com in the address bar.

Inform Facebook: If you receive any phishing emails, be sure to inform phish@fb.com that this will allow Facebook to take action against those links.

Avoid clicking spam links: Never click on an email address or avoid any mail that leads to a login page.

Since Two Factor Login is also bypassed in this method so sometimes your password may be leaked. In that case follow the steps below,

•Go to Facebook from desktop, click on the account button on the right side

•Go to Settings & Privacy from Settings

•Click on Security and Login

•Click on Change password

•Change your password

The last word?

As technology becomes more sophisticated, so do hackers. Phishing Mail is nothing new, yet thousands of accounts are constantly being hacked. Maybe the method has changed but the process is the same, fooling you.

I have said in many tunes before that before entering the link of any email, it is better to check who sent it and what the landing page looks like. To avoid all types of hacking, be sure to be aware of cyber security.


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