Want to be a Cybercriminal? Try Facebook

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Services for Real Estate Pros with IDTheftSecurity.com Inc

When you think of a cybercriminal, you probably picture someone in a black hoodie in a dark room on the dark web, but most cybercriminals are out there in plain sight, including on Facebook.

Talos, a cybersecurity firm, found that people can easily join Facebook groups, and then participate in cybercrime including buying and selling credit card info, obtaining spamming tools, or even getting account logins and passwords. All in all, these groups have almost 400,000 members.

Though that does sound like a lot, and it is a lot, you also have to remember that Facebook has about 2 billion users logging into the site each month. With that number of people, it is difficult for the social media giant to deal with these groups.

The failure of Facebook to remove these cybercriminals shows that it is struggling to keep bad online behavior at bay, and this also include hate speech, inciting violence, and sharing false information. This also, of course, show how this behavior can be amplified by the algorithms that Facebook uses.

These groups are easy to find on Facebook. All you have to do is type things like CVV or spam. Once you join one of these groups, Facebook’s algorithms come into play and suggest other groups that are similar in nature. Plus, Facebook doesn’t have a great way to catch these criminals, as it relies on reports from other users to stop this type of behavior.

Because of this, Facebook really has a long way to go before it stops relying on the reports of its users. It’s also true that these reports aren’t always taken seriously, and they often fall through the cracks.

One such example of this is with the recent terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. The gunman who was responsible for the attack streamed his murderous act on Facebook Live. Though Facebook eventually took the video down, it was seen by thousands of people. However, Facebook said that it had no report of the video during the attack, which is why it took so long to remove it.

Knowing all of this, Talos tried to take on some of these crybercrime groups through the reporting system at Facebook. Some of these groups were, indeed, removed from the platform, but others were not. Instead, only specific posts were removed, while the group itself was able to live another day. Talos kept reporting these groups, however, and eventually, most of them were removed. However, new groups are now popping up to take the removed groups’ places. Facebook has acknowledged that there is a problem, and it admits that these groups have violated its policies. It also said that it knows that more vigilance is required and that it is investigating all types of criminal activity on the platform.

Robert Siciliano personal security and identity theft expert and speaker is the author of Identity Theft Privacy: Security Protection and Fraud Prevention: Your Guide to Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft and Computer Fraud. See him knock’em dead in this Security Awareness Training video.

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Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Robert... I always knew there was a reason I didn't spend much time on Facebook or share much personal information.

May 02, 2019 10:44 AM #1
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William Feela
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Much of this is reason enough for me to stay off of these sites

May 02, 2019 10:51 AM #2
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Robert - one reason I only post my blogs on Facebook.

May 02, 2019 11:14 AM #3
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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These bad apples seem to always be one step ahead. Too bad the people hosting these sites can't anticipate instead of react all the time.

May 02, 2019 12:25 PM #4
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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
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Definitely putting too much of your personal info on Facebook is not a good idea. And I had to ask someone who "tagged" me as being at an event not to do that again. No one has a right to know where I am right that minute. I would rather take a picture and post it the next day.

May 02, 2019 08:28 PM #5
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Robert. Facebook is dangerous period. So many post without thought and invite trouble.

May 03, 2019 07:45 AM #6
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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I never did trust FB, they have so many privacy issues they don't take seriously.

May 06, 2019 04:07 PM #7
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Zuckerberg apologizes, dissembles, grows his wealth, gets caught again, apologizes bribes politicians, pays fine and lather, rinse repeat.

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