Last Updated on 03/12/2021 by Riya
During the country’s government breakdown, Facebook claimed a gang from Pakistan attacked people related to the former administration, military, and law enforcement in Kabul. In an article, the social media firm remarked it initiated measures to defend Afghans and implemented many measures in place to secure their Facebook accounts.
In the security field, the organization known as SideCopy disseminated links to fraudulent sites that carried malware. Between April and August of 2021, a cyber espionage campaign grew in popularity, using false profiles of teenage girls to mislead individuals into opening phishing URLs and installing harmful chat apps. They ran fraudulent application stores and duped victims into handing over their Facebook login details via phishing sites.
SideCopy sought to persuade consumers to download malicious applications containing malware in order to gain access to a person’s address book, SMS, call records, location data, media content saved on the device or attached external storage, and general device metadata.
Three hacker organizations associated with the Syrian regime were also banned by the company. Human rights activists, journalists, and other groups opposed to the government dictatorship were attacked by the first gang.
The other attacked members of the Free Syrian Army and former military personnel who had turned to the opposition. Minority groups, activists, opposition, Kurdish journalists, activists, members of the People’s Protection Units, and Syria Civil Defense or White Helmets, a volunteer-based humanitarian organization, were all hit by the third group of Syria.
Facebook claimed it terminated the organizations’ accounts, prevented their domains from writing on the network, provided data to industry partners, cybersecurity experts, law enforcement, and contacted the victims who were hacked.