Friday, June 5, 2009

Massive Phishing Attack on Facebook

Have you experienced that you could not access your Facebook Account using your own password? You have tried many times but still ended up changing it just to have an access to your account again?

After a malicious virus which was widely spread all over Facebook users, here comes Massive Phishing Attack.

Hackers successfully stole passwords from some of Facebook's 200 million users.

Facebook has been hit by another hacking attack, as a phishing campaign was used to steal passwords from users of the social networking site.

Phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames and passwords by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

The hackers got passwords through what is known as a phishing attack, breaking into accounts of some Facebook members, then sending e-mails to friends and urging them to click on links to fake websites. Those sites were designed to look like the Facebook Home Page. The victims were directed to log back in to the site, but actually logged into the one controlled by the hackers, unwittingly giving away their passwords. The fake domains include, and Facebook has deleted all references to those domains.

Schnitt said that Facebook's security team believes the hackers intended to collect a large number of credentials, then use those accounts at a later time to send spam hawking fake pharmaceuticals and other goods to Facebook members.



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