Hacking Facebook accounts have been a trend for some years now. But as criminals have targeted user credentials from the social network, a new collection of Facebook hacker tools have been developed that can act against the hackers themselves by users wanting to protect themselves from harm.
Facebook Hacker Tools for and Against Criminals
Security researchers from the Blue Coat Elastica Cloud Threat Labs have identified several different Facebook hacker tools that are found on the Internet. These include utilities such as FaceOff, Skull Hacker, and Scorpion Hacker.
The conducted analysis reports that these tools can be used both for conducting and preventing cyber attacks against user profiles on the social network. Their graphical user interfaces are created in an easy to use way for the operators. All users have to do is input the relevant Facebook profile identification number. Then counterfeit error messages are displayed on the screen, and the user is prompted for an activation code. A redirect to a malicious domain is created to obtain this code, and the user can be lured into phishing attacks or malware downloads.
The hacker tools as such can be used as an effective counter attack against potential criminals who attempt to induce damage against victims. Another tool works in a slightly different way. Google Drive documents and files are used to redirect and spoof Facebook login details. The operators of the counterfeit hacker tools use effective social engineering and fake warning windows as tricks to obtain the user data of the wannabe hackers.
Stolen data from the social network is often sold on underground black markets where it is used for aggressive marketing schemes, false community building and delivering spam campaigns. Social networks are becoming one of the most important platforms for selling services and products and as such are a prime target for attackers.
The appearance of these fake hacker tools shows that a new type of counter programs against malicious users may be emerging.