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Facebook has blocked a group of hackers in China

Facebook has blocked a group of hackers in China
25.03.2021 16:29

Facebook that it had blocked a group of Chinese hackers who were using the site to send links to malware that would infiltrate their computers and allow surveillance to Uighurs living abroad, including in Australia.

The social media company said on Wednesday that the hackers, known in the security industry as Earth Empusa or Evil Eye, attacked campaigners, journalists, and dissidents, the majority of whom were Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic group facing persecution in China.

According to Facebook, the hacker group used fake Facebook profiles to act as fictional journalists, students, human rights activists, or members of the Uighur community in order to gain credibility and trick their targets into clicking malicious links that would install surveillance software on their computers.