Report: Facebook Credit Card Scam Exposed Via Huge Data Leak


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May 4, 2019
Led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, vpnMentor’s research team recently uncovered a potentially massive phishing and credit card fraud operation targeting Facebook users.

We discovered the scam via an unsecured database used by the fraudsters to store private data belonging to 100,000s of their victims.
The people running the scam were tricking Facebook users into providing login credentials for their private accounts via a tool pretending to reveal who was visiting their profiles.
The fraudsters used the stolen login credentials to share spam comments on Facebook posts via the victims hacked account, directing people to their network of scam websites. These websites all eventually led to a fake Bitcoin trading platform used to scam people out of ‘deposits’ of at least €250.
It was a vast operation, spanning the entire globe.
However, the fraudsters left the database used to harvest and store their victims’ details completely open for anyone to view and access. With this information, we were able to expose their operation.