Cyber thieves are trying a new tactic to gain access to WhatsApp accounts and it is a threat that all users should be aware of. The Facebook-owned company claims to have discovered more than 39,000 websites that attempt to steal user details through convincing fake login pages.
And it wasn’t just WhatsApp that got caught in the scam with thieves also trying to pinch Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram account details. New phishing attacks lure victims to websites that appear to be operated by a trusted entity
However, everything is false and the content of the site is designed to persuade a victim to enter sensitive information, such as a password or an email address. Facebook is so concerned about this latest wave of data theft websites that it has now filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop cyber thieves in their tracks.
In a message posted on his Blog, Facebook said: “Today we filed a federal lawsuit in a California court to disrupt phishing attacks designed to trick people into sharing their login credentials on fake login pages for Facebook, Messenger , Instagram and WhatsApp Phishing is a significant threat to millions of Internet users.
“This lawsuit is one more step in our continued efforts to protect the safety and privacy of individuals, send a clear message to those who attempt to abuse our platform, and increase the accountability of those who abuse the technology. . “
If you receive an email, text, or WhatsApp message asking you to log into one of your Facebook accounts through a website, the advice is simple. Do not enter any details unless you are 100% sure that they are from an official source.
Facebook says that all emails about your account always come from fb.com, facebook.com, or facebookmail.com. You can always visit www.facebook.com or open your Facebook app to check out important company messages.
If you receive a suspicious email or message claiming to be from Facebook, WhatsApp, or Instagram, do not click on any links or attachments.
It’s also a good idea not to respond to messages asking for your password, Social Security number, or credit card information.
If you think you’ve accidentally entered your username or password in a strange link, then someone else might be able to log into your account.
Facebook offers this advice if you think your account is in danger:
• If you can sign in to your account, learn how to secure your account by resetting your password and signing out of any devices you don’t have.
• If you can’t access your account and your username or password doesn’t work, learn how to recover your account.
• If you want to see if anything strange has happened on your account, learn how to review recent activity and check recent emails sent from Facebook.