Facebook breaks adult feign comment ring targeting publisher pages

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook announced Friday it has disrupted an endless fake account fraud operation that targeted renouned publishers’ pages with false “likes” in an try to fraudulently benefit some-more Facebook friends a scammers after designed to spam.


The association has been fighting a spam operation for 6 months, Shabnam Shaik, a technical module manager during Facebook, wrote in a post on a confidence blog Friday.

The different organisation behind a bid had combined vast numbers of feign accounts that afterwards “liked” a publishers’ pages and posted comments on them.

The accounts were done to seem as if they were located in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and a series of other countries, Shaik wrote.

The organisation behind a activities used “sophisticated means that try to facade a fact that a accounts are partial of a same concurrent operation. They used tricks to equivocate detection, including redirecting their trade by ‘proxies’ that sheltered their location,” she wrote.

Facebook believes a campaign’s vigilant was for a feign accounts to deceptively benefit new Facebook crony connectors by fondness and interacting essentially with publishers’ pages, so that after those friends could be sent spam.

The debate did not seem to have been activated yet, as a bulk of a accounts went asleep after fondness a series of Facebook pages, Shalik wrote.

This suggests “they had not been mobilized nonetheless to indeed make connectors and send spam to those people,” Shaik wrote.

Facebook did not give numbers for how many publishers’ sites were targeted by a debate nor would it contend how many feign accounts were tied to a attempt. It did not name a publishers.

It was means to mislay a “substantial” series of feign likes from a sites, it said, estimating that all though 1% of a influenced pages that had some-more than 10,000 likes would see a dump of no some-more than 3% in their likes.

On Thursday Facebook said it was rolling out a new module to find and kill off sham accounts by looking for patterns such as steady posts of a same calm or an boost in messages sent.

These accounts are typically combined by unlawful firms in building nations and are used to send out spam, sell black-market cyber tools, launch credential-stealing posts or to “like” businesses in sequence to make them some-more renouned on a site and also potentially to boost their rankings on hunt engines.


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