A large number of Facebook users have become the victim of a new phishing attack which attempted to steal their personal records by directing them to a malicious website.
A number of emails which apparently seemed to originate from Facebook attempted to guide users to a website called fbstarter.com which was similar to login page of Facebook.
Once users entered the login data into the hoax website, the virus then hacks into their account and sends out a number of phishing emails to people on their friend list containing links to fbstarter.com.
Even though Facebook claims that it has acted quite quickly to contain the threat, the possibility of personal data of large number of users appears to have been compromised.
In a statement Facebook has mentioned that it has blocked access to fbstarter.com and even if someone clicks the URL from a page on Facebook, they will not be directed to that page.
Though the motivation of the hackers are still unclear, most experts point out that those behind the phishing attempt may be looking to exploit the information for spamming purposed as many Facebook users typically keep a lot of their personal data including phone numbers on the site.
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Have criminals actually started to take Facebook seriously? We don't think so. Once Facebook starts getting serious attention from the criminals organisations out there, the casualties are very likely going to be high. There are many ways for hackers to exploit Facebook for example by creating fake users to target the real ones.