​Cyber firm warns of fake Facebook profiles posing as Vietnam’s football players

Hundreds of fake Facebook profiles posing as the players and head coach of Vietnam’s U23 football team have been created in the wake of the squad’s stunning performance at the ongoing 2018 AFC U23 Championship. According to statistics released by Vietnamese cyber security firm Bkav, as of Wednesday nearly 200 fake accounts had been created claiming to belong to the team’s South Korean head coach Park Hang-seo and several of their players using a Facebook cloning technique popular among scammers. The technique involves creating a fake Facebook profile by using images and other information stolen from a targeted user’s real Facebook profile. At first glance, the fake profile can appear quite genuine, especially if the victim has all or some of their profile set to “public” – meaning there are few restrictions placed on who can view the page. According to Nguyen Huu Cuong, moderator of cyber security forum WhiteHat.vn, these clones are used for the quick collection of likes, followers, and interactions on social media, before the fake profile is renamed and utilized for other purposes such as e-commerce or marketing. In more disconcerting scenarios, the clones may be used by hackers as a tool for ‘phishing’ – attempts to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details of a victim by appearing as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Scammers may dupe gullible users into believing the clones are authentic by explaining that the profile is a player’s secondary account, as their primary one has met the friends’ limit… [Read full story]


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