The Cybercrime Prosecution Directorate has recently reported cases of catching login details on social media accounts (user name & password), under the pretext of completing the official certification of their accounts (verify account - bluetick).
In particular, the perpetrators send an immediate message, mainly to accounts with a high response to the public, stating that in order to complete the verification account process they must follow the link indicated to them.
The links in question lead to websites where phishing pages need to be filled in, which allows perpetrators to access uninsured accounts with two-factor authentication.
They then send blackmail messages to users to demand a refund for the account holder.
It is pointed out that instant messages on social media need a lot of attention, as it is extremely plausible.
Following the above, the Cybercrime Prosecution Directorate proposes to the recipients of these fraudulent messages of extortionate content:
- do not select the suggested links,
- do not reply to messages,
- not to post or send personal data and account details on social media, as in no case are they true.
In addition, the Cybercrime Prosecution Directorate points out - recommends:
- companies that provide social networking applications and services, do not require the verification of login credentials by sending messages,
- Social networking accounts as well as the e-mail accounts associated with them, must be secured by two (2) factor authentication, so that in case users enter their account login to phishing pages it is impossible for the perpetrators to enter them,
- use a new email only to link to your social media accounts,
- secure your accounts with strong passwords, different for each account, which you will change at regular intervals,
- do not open links or suspicious attachments sent through messaging and social media applications without first verifying their authenticity; and
- Contact the appropriate police authorities when you become aware that you have been the victim of fraud or the capture of your personal data.
It is reminded that citizens can contact the Cybercrime Prosecution Directorate, anonymously or anonymously, in order to provide information or to report illegal or reprehensible acts or activities carried out via the Internet, at the following contact details:
- By phone at the number 111 88
- Sending e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Via Twitter "SOS Cyber Alert Line": https://twitter.com/CyberAlertGR
It is mentioned that citizens can get useful advice to avoid being deceived in the "Citizen's Guide", Hosted on the website of the Hellenic Police ( www. hellenicpolice. gr) as well as through the official accounts of the Cybercrime Prosecution Directorate, on the following social media: