A new threat is capable of hijacking accounts of the social network Facebook . It is a new campaign known as FlyTrap and is based on simple social engineering tactics that aim to trick victims into logging in through applications that are actually fake and thus have full control of their accounts. It is a strategy that basically uses a bait to steal passwords as well.
FlyTrap, the new tactic to steal Facebook accounts
The fact that Facebook is one of the most used social networks makes hackers constantly look for a way to steal accounts. For this they use different methods such as keyloggers, Phishing attacks, Trojans … In this case it is a malware campaign called FlyTrap.
What exactly does it consist of? The cybercriminal uses Android applications that are apparently not going to be a problem and are going to be attractive to the user. For example, it uses programs with certain baits for the victim to install them, such as to watch Netflix cheaper or for free, applications to evaluate the game of soccer players and obtain a reward, etc.
But of course, those programs that on paper should not pose a problem, in reality they are only a bait for the victim to install them and they will contain malware. To get to watch Netflix for free or to get any supposed prize they promise, you need to log in to Facebook. That’s when the problem starts.
Thousands of users affected
Security researchers who have detected this problem have indicated that there have been more than 10,000 Facebook accounts hijacked through this tactic. In addition, they report that it has affected 144 countries. This information has been obtained since the database of the command and control server was exposed to anyone.
They warn that Phishing pages is not the only method they can use to steal passwords. We have seen this case in which they use mobile applications through which they seek to steal the credentials and keys once the victim has logged in.
There are different methods to steal keys on the Internet and we must always be protected. The main thing will be to create passwords that are strong and complex, but sometimes that is not enough. We will need to have security programs , such as a good antivirus, but especially keep common sense in mind. If we avoid errors, if we do not install applications that are suspicious, much less log in from unofficial sites, we will have a lot to win. We will not only prevent our Facebook password from being stolen, but any other online account.