15 FB users hit by ransom demands, CERT|CC says

Published : 12:02 am  February 2, 2019 | No comments so far |  | 


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Untitled-3By Chaturanga Samarawickrama   

The Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT|CC) and Coordination Centre said they had received complaints with regard to 15 incidents where ransoms were demanded via Facebook,  Information Security Engineer Ravindu Meegasmulla said yesterday.   


He said people who hacked into Facebook accounts sent messages to their friends using their ‘friend lists’.   

“The hackers send messages to friends of the original profile owners to borrow a certain amount of money via the eazycash facility and sent several mobile numbers to transfer money,” Mr. Meegasmulla said.   
He said some Facebook profile owners who had fallen victims to fraudsters had deposited up to some Rs.9,000.   

The CERT|CC advises the public to activate the ‘Two-factor authentication’ as a precaution.   

“If the user logs into their own Facebook profile, they should be alert two possibilities. There should be a green padlock mark displayed near the address bar to show that the profile login was a secured connection and has the hyperlink address of https://www.facebook.com. Or the ‘Two-factor authentication’ should be activated,” Mr. Meegasmulla said.   

He said a friend request must be double checked by giving phoning him or her.