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Over 6 lakh Facebook users hit by large-scale ad phishing campaign


Team Udayavani, Jan 1, 2021, 4:10 PM IST

A large-scale ad phishing campaign that has compromised accounts of around 6.15 lakh Facebook users from over 50 countries has been unearthed by cybersecurity firm ThreatNix.

The campaign targets users through fake ads and redirects them to phishing sites hosted on GitHub pages. ThreatNix said the campaign targets countries including Nepal and Pakistan and is growing at a rapid pace.

According to Business Insider, While Facebook takes measures to make sure that such phishing pages are not approved for ads, in this case, the scammers were using Bitly link’s which initially must have pointed to a benign page and once the ad was approved, was modified to point to the phishing domain, the researchers explained.

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