Facebook, a widely used social media platform, has encountered several hacks that have put verified pages at risk, leading to the spread of malware via ads that were backed and acquired through the platform.
Hackers have reportedly exploited verified Facebook pages by impersonating the platform and creating pages with names that sound authentic, such as ‘Meta Ads’ and ‘Meta Ads Manager’. Such pages post malicious links to thousands of followers.
According to reports, hackers have taken advantage of verified Facebook pages by mimicking the website and making pages with real-sounding identities.
Social media consultant Matt Navarra, recently shared a screenshot that shows a fake message.
Facebook accounts are vulnerable to hacker attacks through ads that disseminate malware via links to malicious websites or files. These links may appear authentic, making it essential to exercise caution when clicking on any link within Facebook.
Another scam involves a supposed ‘Meta Ads Manager’ warning social media managers that they can no longer handle ad accounts on the browser due to a ‘security issue.’ They subsequently provide a download link to enable users to download a new Manager tool that is asserted to be a ‘more professional and secure tool.’
What you need to know
To protect yourself against these kinds of scams, it is crucial to exercise caution and remain vigilant for accounts that may be pretending to be Facebook or any other reputable organisation. Always confirm the account name and handle to ensure that it is legitimate.
It is also advisable to refrain from clicking on links if there is any doubt about their authenticity. Always hover over the link to check its destination and click on links only from reliable sources.
Finally, Having anti-malware software installed on your device is essential to safeguard your Facebook account from malware scams and hacking attempts. This software can identify and eliminate dangerous software, viruses, and other types of malware before they can harm your device or jeopardise your Facebook account.
Last week, Meta issued a warning against the widespread presence of fraudulent ChatGPT malware, which aims to compromise user accounts and take control of business pages.
Meta’s security professionals have detected nearly ten iterations of malware disguised as AI chatbot tools, including ChatGPT, starting from March. A few of these appear as web browser extensions and toolbars, accessible in official web stores without any specification.