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All Facebook and WhatsApp users warned about stolen passwords – check your passwords now

FACEBOOK has warned all of its users about widespread hacking attacks.

The tech giant said the “phishing” attacks had targeted Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users.

Make sure to enter credentials only on official websites or apps

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Make sure to enter credentials only on official websites or appsCredit: Facebook

Just last month, Facebook sue hackers who prey on unsuspecting victims.

Parent company Meta said four of its main apps were targeted: Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.

The campaign tricked users into sharing login details on fake pages.

These “phishing” attempts often occur online and are frequently used to break into social media accounts.

Facebook says that phishing attacks are now “on the rise”.

One particular scheme last year involved creating more than 39,000 fake websites.

These fake websites have impersonated the login pages of the official Facebook pages.

The hackers then collect information, which can then be sold or used for fraud, tracking, extortion, and more.

“Phishing is a significant threat to millions of Internet users,” said Facebook’s director of litigation, Jessica Romero.

Phishing attacks lure victims to a website that appears to be operated by a trusted organization, such as a bank, merchant, or other service.

“However, the website is deceptive and fake, and its fake content is designed to convince victims to enter sensitive information, such as passwords or email addresses.

“We’re taking this action to uncover the identities of those behind the attack and prevent their harmful behavior.”

According to Facebook, hackers have concealed the true location of their websites.

This is an attempt to hide the identities of the criminals behind the pages.

Facebook says it regularly works with internet services and VPN providers to suspend websites linked to phishing attacks.

“We proactively block and report abuse cases to the hosting and security community,” explains Romero.

“And Meta blocks and shares phishing URLs so other platforms can block them too.”

You should only enter your Facebook login details if you have navigated directly to the website or app.

Be extremely wary of entering your Facebook login if you’ve just clicked a link – especially if it’s not asked for.

Even emails can be made to look like official jobs, so it’s best to just log in directly via Facebook.com.

If you think your account has been compromised, change your password immediately.

You can also sign out of suspicious Facebook sessions in your Settings if you think someone is actively using your account.

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