Meta is taking legal action to thwart a major phishing campaign. Monday is the company on “reveal identities”A group of people who created more than 39,000 websites designed to trick Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users into coughing up their login credentials.
The company says fraudsters used the Ngrok transfer service to redirect people to their websites in a way that allowed them to hide their actions. “This has allowed them to disguise the true location of the identity theft sites and the identities of their ISPs and defendants,” Meta said. Beginning last March, the company began working with a upload service to suspend “thousands” of campaign-related URLs.
This is not the first time the threat of legal action has been used to try to stop the identity theft campaign. During 2019 and 2020, the company filed lawsuits and , two domain name registrars that allowed cybersquatters to search for domains such as instagrambusinesshelp.com and whatsappdownload.site. However, the scope of this campaign seems to be smaller than that provided by OnlineNIC and Namecheap. When Meta sued the latter company in 2020, she said she registered 45 domains that were specifically designed to confuse people.
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