Meta Sues to Disrupt Prolific Phishing Campaign
Facebook’s parent company is taking legal action again in a bid to tackle the scourge of phishing – in particular, a campaign abusing its own brands.
Meta said it filed in a Californian court yesterday against those behind a phishing effort that involved the creation of more than 39,000 websites impersonating the login pages of Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.
Users drawn to those phishing sites were then tricked into entering their usernames and passwords.
“As part of the attacks, defendants used a relay service to redirect internet traffic to the phishing websites in a way that obscured their attack infrastructure. This enabled them to conceal the true location of the phishing websites, and the identities of their online hosting providers and the defendants,” explained Meta’s director of platform enforcement and litigation, Jessica Romero.
“Starting in March 2021, when the volume of these attacks increased, we worked with the relay service to suspend thousands of URLs to the phishing websites.”
She added that the action was being taken “to uncover the identities of the people behind the attack and stop their harmful conduct.”
Meta has become increasingly willing to launch legal action against adversaries in