Facebook Takes Down Major Fake Account Ring

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Facebook Takes Down Major Fake Account Ring
« on: April 16, 2017, 12:17:56 PM »

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook announced Friday it has disrupted an extensive fake account scam operation that targeted popular publishers' pages with false "likes" in an attempt to fraudulently gain more Facebook friends the scammers later planned to spam.

The company has been fighting the spam operation for six months, Shabnam Shaik, a technical program manager at Facebook, wrote in a post on its security blog Friday.

The unknown group behind the effort had created large numbers of fake accounts, which then “liked” the publishers' pages and posted comments on them.

The accounts Facebook found were made to appear as if they were located in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and a number of other countries, Shaik wrote.


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