How Hackers Are Getting Access to Facebook Accounts

Hacking can ruin a person’s reputation and cost them thousands of dollars in lost advertising revenue. Dale Berry is the owner of an English preschool in Japan. He was the victim of a hacking attack on his Facebook account hacked. Hackers created fake ads using his account, draining his business of money and caused him to lose his reputation.

The hackers began targeting people with weak passwords, such as “qwerty” and “password.” Once they have access to an account, they look at the top five most popular friends and then impersonate one of them and ask for the password reset code. They then take advantage of a security feature that allows people to add friends as trusted contacts in case they lose their password, and ask trusted friends to give them the one-time password needed to gain access to the account.

Buying stolen login information is another method hackers can gain access. Recently an inventory of 26 million Amazon, LinkedIn, and Facebook passwords were found for sale on dark web. Many of these passwords were stolen by custom Trojan malware that affected millions of Windows-based computers between the years 2018 and 2020.

Users can avoid these attacks by always making sure that the address bar of their browser is Facebook and not some other website. They should also use a password that is composed of numbers spaces, letters, and spaces and never use the same password for other email or social media accounts. In addition, they should check their activity alerts regularly. Twitter is one example. It sends notifications every time a user logs into the account from a new location or device.