India has long had a reputation for being one of the world’s worst hackers.
With the country’s government being so worried about the growing number of social media hacks it has been doing to fight the spread of malware, it is becoming increasingly important for it to remain vigilant.
But as Facebook grows and the number of its users grows, India has become a major battleground.
“We have seen a rise in the number and the sophistication of social engineering campaigns targeting India,” said a security expert who asked not to be named.
“And the security industry has a lot of information on how to spot them.”
In India, Facebook has a total of 1.35 billion users, of which more than half are in India.
And according to one recent report by IDC, there are more than 7.4 billion Facebook accounts in India, with roughly 20 percent of those accounts being created by India’s state-run companies.
So why is India so vulnerable?
India has been one of Facebook’s most important markets and has an active online community.
That means a number of malicious apps can be created that can take advantage of this.
“The problem is the amount of social engineers they have,” said one security expert.
“They are really trying to make their customers believe that they are doing things right.
The truth is they are just taking the best parts of the existing malware and adding new layers.”
It’s a similar story with WhatsApp, which was created by a former Indian National Congress leader, VK Singh.
But unlike WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter have not only been attacked by malicious apps, but also their users.
For example, in September 2016, a hacker broke into WhatsApp’s servers and created a Trojan horse that would send messages to the accounts of users who used it.
This was done to gain access to their accounts, according to the report by cyber security firm FireEye.
In September 2017, the hacker, a man named Shabir, also broke into the account of a prominent Indian actor and tried to gain control over it.
In July 2018, another hacker broke in to the WhatsApp account of actress-actor Priyanka Chopra, who was reportedly trying to get an advance look at the company’s plans for a film about her.
And in November 2018, a Russian social engineering bot called Kaitlin used the same technique to attack WhatsApp.
Kaitlyn’s account was hacked, and the bot sent out spam to several people in India who did not have her phone number.
According to the researchers at FireEye, it appears that Facebook’s security teams are not always aware of the risks they face when they’re trying to protect their users, and are not making the right choices about when to stop or slow down attacks.
“It’s not a situation that’s been seen in other countries that have seen these kinds of attacks before,” said the researcher.
“In some countries, like India, the security teams seem to be not very proactive.”
It’s also important to understand the difference between the malicious apps that can get access to Facebook accounts and those that simply exploit Facebook users to do more damage.
As well as stealing their Facebook passwords and personal information, malicious apps could also get the credentials for a Facebook-owned server, such as an Instagram account.
There is also the fact that Facebook can also be used to spy on its users, such was the case in November 2017 when the hacker broke a Facebook account of an actress-actress who was trying to find out more about the film she was making about her life.
“If you can’t take it, then it’s probably not worth your while,” the actor, who is now in the United States, told reporters at the time.
Facebook’s recent efforts to block apps like Kaitlynn and the social engineering bots is not a sign that the company is fully up to speed on protecting its users.
But it is a sign of a much needed shift in focus in the security community in India that is encouraging people to pay more attention to the threats they are facing and start taking action to protect themselves.
Source: The Next Web