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Watch Out For Latest Hacker Phishing Attempt On Facebook

By July 8, 2017May 24th, 2021Cybersecurity

If there’s one thing that’s true about the world’s hackers, it is that they are tireless and relentless when it comes to finding new and increasingly inventive ways to infiltrate a user’s system, collect data, and cause mayhem in general.

The latest trend to be on the lookout for is phishing attacks aimed at mobile users employing fake URLs that include an inordinate number of dashes. Here’s an example: hxxp://m.facebook.com—————-validate—-step1.rickytaylk[dot]com/sign_in.html

At first glance, and especially when these URLs are viewed from a PC, one might wonder how anyone could assume these are legitimate web addresses, but the hackers are actually being quite cunning here.

The ruse is obvious when viewed from a PC web browser, but mobile devices have extremely narrow windows, and can’t display nearly as much information. That’s what the dashes are for. They ensure that the mobile user will see the first part of the URL, which appears legitimate, while the dashes obscure the rest of it, which would be a dead giveaway.

It’s true that at least some of the dashes are visible, and to an attentive user, this will throw up an immediate red flag. It’s also true that it’s possible for mobile users to view the entire URL and check it manually, but in practice, almost no one does this, which is why this new attack vector has been so devastatingly effective against mobile users, who are the intended target.

So far, this type of attack has been directed primarily at Facebook, but any URL can be spoofed in this manner, and once the hacker has his victim on the dummy website, all manner of malware can be thrown at the device in question to infect it.

In a world already awash in threats to be on the lookout for, this gives you yet another reason to be concerned.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.