Facebook’s action against two Palestinian hacker groups

Popular social media has taken action against two Palestinian-based hacker groups. The two hacker groups tried to steal information about other users’ IDs and IDs by violating the platform’s policies while using the Facebook platform.

In this context, all the links related to the two groups have been removed from Facebook, the social media said.

Facebook said this in a recent press release. Mike Vlayanski, head of Facebook’s cyber espionage investigation department, and David Agranovich, director of risk analysis, made the announcement.

It said one of the two hacker groups involved the Palestinian Authority’s own intelligence agency, the Preventive Security Service (PSS). The other is a separate group called Arid Vipers. For the first time under the auspices of PSS, Facebook found such hacking activities.

The press release claims that the PSS hacker group conducts their hacking activities from the West Bank. Their main targets were Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Libya and parts of Lebanon. The hacker group was working on Facebook users in these areas to click on a phishing link using social engineering methods. Hackers would install malware on the devices of those who clicked on such links.

According to Facebook, the people whose Facebook IDs are targeted at the phishing include journalists, opponents of the Fatah-led government and critics, and human rights activists. Even military officials at various levels in Syria, Iraq and Turkey were targeted by this phishing link.

On the other hand, Arid Viper using phishing scam method. However, their targeted IDs were mainly in Palestine. In particular, government officials, members of the Fatah group, student groups and members of the law enforcement agencies were among the targets.

According to Facebook, they have blocked all IDs, pages and groups related to these two groups. At the same time, Facebook has warned the users with whom any message or link has been exchanged on behalf of these two groups.