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Parent company Meta, which holds social media giants such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, has sued the operators of some 39,000 phishing sites in California.

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According to , cybercriminals operating a phishing site are demanding $500,000 in compensation and a court order is sent to these criminals. According to Meta, there are about 100 unknown operators behind 39,000 phishing sites opened using Ngrok’s referral service since 2019.

According to Crane Hassold, Director of Abnormal Security’s Threat Intelligence Division, the way and reason for the lawsuit is rather strange. While big companies like Microsoft are known to have filed various lawsuits to reduce phishing campaigns before, these were aimed at infrastructures that host fake pages rather than attackers. Thus, the attacks were stopped by the hosts suspending the systems in a short time before they spread further. Meta (known as Facebook) has filed a lawsuit against anyone who opens a phishing site using the Ngrok infrastructure.

Although this lawsuit filed by Meta will not bring much material or moral benefit to the company, it shows that from now on, cyber actors who manage phishing campaigns will be pursued even if there are no complaints. Here, we can say that they think that their brand reputation is damaged.


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