social media hack

Do you think your social Medias are safe? No, Never. Red alert on the alarming increase of hackers!

As we are into 2021, we could not even think about a day without internet and social media. Grading from top class business to local stores, marketing and sales found a new platform through social media. The word ‘Far’ became irrelevant, because everything and everyone became so close to each other and the only distance they had was between the fingers and the screen/keyboard.

Rejoice human race! We have achieved this together through our efforts. Before that, let’s take a pause to analyze the worst side of our achievement.

A brief illustration of hacking

Social media hacking is method of invading others private account/media and getting access to them without the consent of the owner. The main motive behind this is to steal the restricted information and use them in a way that is beneficial for the hackers. The hackers do not to allow their identity to be disclosed in any manner. However, even if the awareness of social threats are carried out extensively, the sophisticated tools the hackers use make them unworthy.

The latest studies about the agenda of the hackers points out to 5 main reasons. They include:

  • Steal money
  • Promote political happenings
  • Cyber-espionage
  • Fame
  • Fun

How do they do this?

Hackers are none but computer experts who are well aware of the loop holes of every social networking site. They use this technical know-how to break into others privacy. VPN and Dark web are most commonly used hacking tools because these tools assure to mask their identities online. As per internet sources three popular methods of attack include Dumpster diving, Role playing and spear-phishing.

Dumpster diving is the method of fishing around through the garbage of other people. This helps the hacker to understand about the habit or activities of the owner or organizations. Information retrieved from discarded property allow them to create a clear cut picture of the target. Discarded phone books or hard drives that has not been scrubbed clean properly and still contains accurate information may serve a good opportunity for the hackers.

Role playing is a technique in which the hacker creates a false image of a person, may be a duplicate identity of a renowned personality and making others to believe they are real ones. They extract personal information through chat conversations or phone calls. Spear-phishing is one of the method in which the social hacks spam their victims by releasing sensitive information about an individual or an organization. In this scenario, individuals in an organization receive spams calls or mails addressed in the name of their higher officials. Fooled by these tags, people share information and personal passwords believing that they are still in a secure environment.

Cases reported

  • Game of thrones

The popular  TV series Game of Thrones on HBO has nearly 7 millions followers on Twitter making it ripe for the picking where hackers are concerned. In August of 2017, a group called Ourmine appeared to take control of the main HBO accounts, including the Game of Thrones feed. OurMine has a reputation for hacking high profile Twitter accounts. In fact it recently hacked Facebook co-founder Mark zuckerberg, Netflix, Google chief executive SundarPichai and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales.

  • Amnesty International

Recently, several high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked by an anonymous group. Accounts such as The European Parliament, Forbes and Amnesty International fell victim.

What can be done to avoid social hacking?

  1. Stay alert

Be very attentive and careful while using social media. Keep up your senses to note any suspicious activity or

abnormalities that take place in your account. Stay away from unauthorized Ads and do not believe in everything that they show on screen. Clearly read every privacy policy that pops up before accepting it blindly.

  1. Pay attention to risks

As a social media user be aware of the risks that are lurking around social media. Always log out of your social media accounts after use. Try to clear your cache regularly. Passwords are the break that helps hackers to get into your account. Change the password at certain intervals. This may help you in the long run.

  • Run regular security checks

Security checks are major method to stay safe and protect your account. This is not a long process, but you may find flaws in your security that you didn’t know existed. Check the apps that are connected to your social media. Ask yourself if those apps are useful ones, if not try to avoid them. Run a thorough inspection and make sure that your account does not have a duplicate one.

Every single discovery of mankind served a purpose as well as a threat. It is when we understand both these criteria’s, we learn to live. Stay safe!

Facebook Hack

Attention Facebook users; you are vulnerable to attacks!

Facebook is one of the predominant platforms to exchange ideas, messages and to meet new people. But, as per the statistics, out of 10 people you meet on Facebook, 2 people are fake and there are possibilities that they may be cyber-hackers.

If not monitored properly, your account will be at stake!

Let’s take a quick look on the history of Facebook

Facebook is an American technology conglomerate based in Menlo Park, California. It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg along with his fellow roommates and students at Harvard College who were Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.

After the launch, Facebook received a grand welcome from people all over the globe. This media was presented to people when Orkut (another social media) began to lag its consistency. Due to the same reason, people celebrated this podium with more new exclusive features than Orkut.

But less did they know that danger was lurking behind.

What are the main Facebook crimes & major consequences?

People all over the world agree to the fact that Facebook brought about a revolution in the way people interacted to each other. But there is a dark side to the world’s favourite social media. Bugs and glitches in Facebook gave opportunities for the hackers to easily get into others privacy.

The most common Facebook crimes include:

  •  Scams

Scams have always been a threat to the cyber world. Hackers draw the attention of people by presenting a link that would interest almost anyone, such as an innocent-looking notification as if you have won a scratch card or gift voucher. Once this link is clicked the cyber hack attains the full control of your account.

  • Cyber bullying

Cyber bullying is a tendency that is commonly found among teenagers. It can result in serious criminal charges if it goes far enough. There are happenings where cyber bullying lead to the death of several teens- either a suicide or were killed by a peer. Federal law abides severe punishment for this act. In the case of adults this is known as cyber harassment orcyber talking.

  •  Stalking

Stalking is actually is very common funny word used a lot around Facebook as a joke for regularly looking into someone’s profile. However stalking is considered as a serious act of cyber talking. Cyber talking includes harassing a person with threats and any kind of messages that questions the safety of the user.

  • Robbery

It does not take much time for a thief to find where you live, work or even where you are. All these answers are readily available in your Facebook account. Facebook check-in and Google maps helps the stalkers locate you easily. This may lead to theft.

  • Defamation

Defamation is nothing but putting a false light on somebody or accusing a third person about something he is unaware of. Facebook makes communicating defamatory statements frighteningly easy and the exposure Facebook provides make it more likely to affect an individual or business.

You won’t believe this!

In 2018, Bhopal Govt. filed a criminal case against acyber-hack who hacked a girl’s Facebook account. He used this account to text one of her friend saying, he has her nudes and has posted it in public. Also there was a link attached to the text. Shockingly she opened the link, after which she got to know that her account was also hacked.

As per the Bhopal Govt. records there are 735 cyber complaints registered in 2018, 223 cases related to Facebook hacking and 512 cases of financial and fake job fraud.

Here! Prevent yourself from these cyber attacks

Always use 2-step verification for logging in to your account. Be sure that you provide a strong and unidentifiable password. Don’t put passwords that are connected to your life and can be guessed easily. When a stranger sends you a friend request, do a thorough check-up, verify it is a genuine one and then accept them. It is highly recommended not to accept the request of total strangers.

Never provide your confidential information in Facebook.

Never click on random links that attracts your attention in Facebook, email or any other social platform.

Government of India is undertaking strict disciplinary measures to prevent cyber-attacks. According to section 66D of the act, “Whoever by means of any communication device or computer cheats by impersonating someone else, shall be punished with imprisonment up to three years and shall be liable to pay a fine of one Lakh Rupees.”

Nobody can cheat us without our consent. Sometimes it’s our sheer negligence that may lead to terriblehappenings. So be aware and prevent yourself from cyber-attacks.