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Facebook Removes Accounts Used to Infect Thousands With Malware

July 2, 2019

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Facebook has shut down more than 30 accounts spreading malware through malicious links that purport to be news about the ongoing political situation in Libya. The campaign, ongoing since 2014, has infected tens of thousands of victims with remote access trojans (RATs), according to researchers.

The campaign, dubbed “Operation Tripoli,” took advantage of the political situation in Libya to lure victims into clicking links that claimed to be Libya-related news. The links purported to be information about news like the latest airstrike in the country or the capturing of terrorists, but instead, contained malware. It’s important to note that Facebook itself wasn’t breached – however, the hack points to how social media platforms can be abused to launch malware attacks, researchers said.

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