Indian Facebook users tricked into hacking own account

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, Last Updated: 11:56 PM ET

Facebook users in India have been fooled into hacking their own social network accounts by a scam promising to help them break into their friends accounts.

The ploy offered a tool that would give hem their friends' passwords, allowing them to post prank messages on their pages, but in fact hacked the users' own accounts by duping them into using a piece of code that takes control of their accounts.

The scam used an instructional video which took users to a Google document contain code they were told would allow them to see their friends' log in details by pasting the code into at the browser console window, which allows developers to see elements of a web page's makeup.

In fact, pasting the code instigated a series of actions that compromised the users own account. Symantec security response manager Satnam Narang explains,

"What really happens when you paste the code into your browser console is that a series of actions are performed using your Facebook account without your knowledge. Behind the scenes, your account is used to follow lists and users, and give likes to pages in order to inflate the follower and like counts defined by the scammers."

 


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