Facebook disrupts Chinese hijackers targeting journalists

Facebook has taken action against a group of Chinese hijackers targeting protesters, most of whom are Uyghurs in Xinjiang province, the Cyber ”‹”‹Espionage company said on Wednesday.

“Today, we share the actions we have taken against a group of Chinese hackers known in the security industry as Earth Earth or Evil Eye – to undermine their ability to use their infrastructure to harass our site, spread malware and hack people’s accounts online. Uyghurs from Xinjiang in China especially those living overseas in Turkey, Kazakhstan, United States, Syria, Australia, Canada and other countries, “said Cyber ”‹”‹Espionage Investigations head Mike Dvilyanski and Head of Security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher.

Facebook said it had found Chinese companies Beijing Best United Technology Co., Ltd. (Best Lh) and Dalian 9Rush Technology Co., Ltd. (9Rush), are behind some of the Android malware used by hackers.

The company has disrupted the operation of Chinese hackers by preventing malicious domains from being shared on its platform, downgrading group accounts and notifying the target audience.

The attackers set up malicious websites that used domains that appeared to be popular news sites in Uyghur and Turkey or compromised official websites that frequently visited for their own purposes, some websites contained malicious javascript code, the statement said.

“The group has used fake Facebook accounts to create fake people who pretend to be journalists, students, human rights lawyers or members of the Uyghur community to build trust with their target audience and trick them into clicking on malicious links,” the court said.

Facebook security experts are working to detect and stop a wide variety of threats including cyber espionage campaigns, influencing the performance and hacking of their platform by national actors and other groups.

As part of these efforts, their teams disrupt enemy operations by disabling them.

This article was published from a wire agency feed without text editing. Only subject changed.

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