900 Chinese accounts taken down by Meta over hacking issues

New Delhi: Social media giant Meta has deleted more than 40 accounts run by Indian firm CyberRoot Risk Advisory. CyberRoot Risk Advisory is allegedly involved in a hacking service for hire.

Meta also removed a network of nearly 900 fake Instagram and Facebook accounts operated from China by an unknown entity.

The accounts focused on collecting data on people in Myanmar, India, Taiwan, the United States and China, including military personnel, pro-democracy activists, government officials, politicians and journalists, the company said. The Threat Report on Surveillance for use states: Industry released on December 15th.

“We have removed a network of over 40 accounts on Facebook and Instagram operated by an Indian company called CyberRoot Risk Advisory Private. Instead, it was revealed primarily through social engineering and phishing, often aimed at deceiving people, who were forced to provide their credentials to various online accounts on the Internet.” the report said.

According to Meta, CyberRoot used fake accounts to gain the trust of targeted people around the world and created fictional personas that were tailored to appear more trustworthy. These personas masquerade as journalists, business executives, and media personalities.

In some cases, cyberroot created accounts that were very identical to those connected to targets such as friends and family, with only slightly altered usernames, presumably in an attempt to trick people into getting involved.

According to Meta, CyberRoot is a global company working with a variety of industries, including an Australian cosmetic surgery and law firm, a Russian real estate and investment firm, a US private equity and pharmaceutical company, and an Angola environmental and anti-corruption activist. It turns out that they are targeting people inside. , a British gambling entity and a New Zealand mining company.

“They focused on managers, lawyers, doctors, activists, journalists and clerics from countries such as Kazakhstan, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Iceland,” the report said.

Meta said it continues to investigate and take action against spyware vendors around the world, including China, Russia, Israel, the United States and India, which have targeted people in about 200 countries and territories.

The global employment surveillance industry continues to grow, targeting people indiscriminately, according to research by social media companies. Including journalists, activists, litigants and opposition parties – gathering intelligence to manipulate and compromise devices and accounts across the internet.