As per sources, Meta is now taking action against people who impersonated its family of apps, including Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram and Messenger, in order to host phishing scams. These scams are known to be taking place on large scale. As per a recent blog post, people were being forced to share their login credentials on fake login pages. The company is trying their best to crack down on all these bad actors. These malicious actors, as per the company, created 39,000 websites. These websites also impersonated the login pages of the apps of the meta family.
According to the blog post, these people depended on relay services, called Ngrok, in order to redirect traffic to phishing websites. These phishing websites managed to conceal the identity and location. The users got redirected to the login pages of a similar-looking page, just by a click. These pages allowed users to enter their login details and instantly record their login credentials.
The good news is that Meta issued many such people behind this identity theft. And not only that, Meta has sued them for copyright infringement and the illegal use of the logos as well. As per the complaint by Facebook, “By creating and disseminating URLs for the Phishing Websites, Defendants falsely represented themselves to be Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, or WhatsApp, without Plaintiffs’ authorization. Defendants’ use of the Trademarks is likely to cause confusion, mistake, or deception as to the origin, sponsorship, or approval of Defendants’ unauthorized use of the Trademarks on the Phishing Websites. It will thereby harm Plaintiffs and their users”.
In addition to that, the company stated, “By reason of Defendants’ acts of trademark infringement, Plaintiffs have suffered damage to the goodwill associated with the Trademarks”.The company said that monitoring companies in China, Israel, India, and North Macedonia were targeting journalists, dissidents, opponents of authoritarian regimes, families of opposition members, and human rights advocates from over 100 countries across the world.
The company also cautioned 50,000 users regarding the platform being the target of many mercenary spy firms. Although 1,500 Facebook accounts are banned. These accounts were known to have connections with these firms.