Hackers are employing various methods to gain unauthorized access to Facebook accounts, with one of the most prevalent techniques being “cookie theft.” Cookies, small pieces of data stored by websites to remember user preferences and login information, can be stolen by hackers using malicious software or phishing tactics. By tricking users into clicking on a link or downloading a file containing malware, hackers can obtain these cookies and log into Facebook accounts from anywhere in the world without requiring passwords or verification codes. This growing problem, particularly prevalent in Vietnam, exposes millions of Facebook users to identity theft, financial loss, and emotional distress.
In Vietnam, cybercriminals are capitalizing on stolen cookies and fake emails to hijack Facebook accounts. Stolen cookies or session tokens, which act as digital keys granting access to accounts without passwords, can be purchased for a relatively low price. Additionally, a Telegram channel offers fake Facebook support emails that appear to be from Facebook or Meta but are actually sent by criminal scammers seeking to gain further access to accounts.
Once hackers gain control of Facebook accounts, they employ various tactics based on their motives and skills. These include scams, where hackers impersonate users and request money or personal information from friends and family. Hackers can also engage in fraudulent activities, such as making unauthorized purchases using linked payment methods or accessing other online accounts associated with the same email or phone number. Furthermore, stolen accounts can be sold on the black market, fetching higher prices due to their age, verification status, and activity levels. Such accounts are sought after by hackers, spammers, and those seeking to evade detection or verification.
The consequences of losing a Facebook account can be severe, leading to identity theft, financial loss, and emotional distress. Cybercriminals can exploit personal information, such as names, photos, and dates of birth, to create fake identities or documents for illegal activities or fraud. Linked payment methods and online accounts can be compromised, resulting in unauthorized transactions and potential financial damage. Hackers can delete or alter precious memories, such as photos and videos, causing distress to users. Additionally, hackers may harass or threaten users and their contacts, leading to fear and anxiety.
To recover a hacked Facebook account, users can visit the Facebook website and click on the “Forgot Account” option.