Facebook Hacking Scam

A new scam targets Facebook users and tricks them into hacking their own account.

MGN Online

RENO, NV - There's a new scam floating around Facebook that could give hackers access to your account. The scam apparently shows up as either an e-mail or a post on your timeline from one of your friends. So you want to make sure to keep an eye out for anything suspicious showing up on your page.

According to Hacker News and Yahoo.com, the scam promises to give people the ability to hack into anyone's account, but if you follow the instructions you'll only end up giving the hacker access to your account.

The scam is broken down into three steps. It will tell you to go to the person's profile that you want to hack, right click on the page, and then from the pop-up menu select "inspect element". You will then be instructed to copy and paste a string of code at the bottom of your screen. This is called cross site scripting. By doing this you are actually giving someone else access to your account, allowing them to post more of these fake instructions and launch more cyberscams. According to Hacker News, this trick works on both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The hackers can also infect the victim's computer with malware that can collect banking details and send them to a remote location.

If you see this scam or happen to fall for it the best way to protect yourself is to report it to Facebook and change your password immediately.


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