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Cybercriminals targeting social media: Facebook and Instagram are becoming phishers’ favorites

Cybercriminals targeting social media: Facebook and Instagram are becoming phishers’ favorites (Trends, Reports, Analysis)

With the headlines about Facebook storing hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text, and requiring some new users’ email passwords in order to sign up, Vade Secure believes that hackers could have been taking advantage of the confusion and concerns of Facebook users to lure them into clicking on phishing pages. Moreover, analysis of phishing emails and pages reveals that attackers are getting increasingly sophisticated with attacks targeting corporate email users. In addition, the “reply-to” address in some phishing emails was a legitimate Microsoft email: support@microsoft.com. Many Netflix users do not sign up for accounts using their corporate email address; yet Vade found that corporate users are often the targets of Netflix phishing. “These hackers are now intimately familiar with how both consumer and corporate email users interact with the internet and are constantly evolving their techniques to trick users into clicking malicious links and providing their credentials.

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