Facebook Messenger hit by massive adware campaign

by Derek Kortepeter
Sept. 1, 2017 2 comments TechGenix social engineering

It is not uncommon for users of any social media service to encounter malicious links at the hands of their contacts. There are so many vectors to attack that it is no wonder that so many accounts get hacked. This has been a constant issue especially on Facebook. I am not a huge fan of social media in general, but I do in fact have a Facebook to stay in touch with old friends. I cannot count how many times I have encountered hacked accounts sending me malicious links. These links are quite similar to the ones that security researchers have identified in a current adware campaign targeting Facebook Messenger. In a report from researcher David Jacoby on Kasperksy Lab’s SecureList, Jacoby details a massive multiplatform assault on users of Messenger on Windows, Mac, and Linux. The attack begins with a social engineering attack in which a compromised account sends a message that looks like this:

http://techgenix.com/facebook-messenger-adware-campaign

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2flash 4 months, 4 weeks ago

I am not surprised either, at this point, about such adware campaigns. Facebook truly is like a magnet for adware and malware.

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Steven Ulm 5 months ago

Anything connected to Facebook is a main target of adware campaigns honestly. I appreciate the objective tone of your presentation! Well written!

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