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THOUSANDS OF MACEDONIAN FACEBOOK USERS BEEN HACKED



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Up to 10,000 Macedonian profiles on the popular Internet social networking site Facebook might have been caught up in a massive instance of personal data theft.

Up to a quarter of the country's Facebook users' profiles may have been compromised by hackers, daily Utrinski Vesnik daily reported Thursday, citing IT experts.

Police say the exact number of those affected cannot be determined, and warn that the hackers' scam is still ongoing, urging people to be careful.

The hackers send a false notification to a user's profile that says friends have written something on their wall. After clicking on the notification, the user is diverted to a false Facebook site and are asked to retype their user account: e-mail address and password.

“Many people were caught in the scam” the editor of IT.com.mk portal Damjan Arsovski told the daily. “This is an easy way to steal someone’s personal identity because the perpetrator can log in instead of the real user and read his messages and have access to his mail and personal data,” he warns.

Arsovski explains that this scam might be even more harmful for users who tend to exchange their company documents or other sensitive data via e-mail.

The portal has started a search engine to help users determine whether their accounts have been misused.


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