Facebook malware

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Malware on Facebook[1], a term that refers to various forms of harmful software aimed at Facebook users, is a significant issue. It encompasses a rise in phishing attacks seen predominantly in the 2010s and the use of misleading URLs to fool users. Key instances include the propagation of the Dorkbot malware strain via Facebook’s chat feature in 2013 and the Koobface worm’s spread through Facebook and MySpace in 2008. In response to these threats, Facebook has employed grey hat[2] hackers like George Hotz and launched a Bug Bounty Program in 2011, offering rewards for reporting security vulnerabilities. The social media giant has also deactivated accounts associated with state-backed malware, including those controlled by North Koreans. The fight continues to specifically target and combat users participating in malware attacks.

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1. Facebook ( Facebook ) Meta Platforms, previously known as Facebook, is a prominent internet corporation that originated as a social networking site. The brainchild of Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, Meta Platforms swiftly spread from Harvard to other educational institutions, eventually reaching the wider public and becoming a global sensation. Its appealing user interface and diverse features such as Groups, the Developer Platform, and Meta Platforms Dating are well-known. Despite encountering backlash over matters like privacy violations and the proliferation of misinformation, Meta Platforms continues to hold a strong position in the digital sphere. It has made remarkable progress in the realm of technology, including the creation of its distinctive data storage system, the employment of PHP for its platform, and the introduction of the Hack programming language. In the past few years, the company has pivoted its attention towards the metaverse, a virtual reality domain where users can engage with a digitally-created environment.
2. grey hat. Grey Hat is a term that first emerged in 1996, primarily used in the realm of computer security and hacking. It has been repeatedly interpreted and reinterpreted by an array of hacker groups and communities over time. A grey hat hacker is recognized for their practices that, while ethical, may sometimes border on the legally dubious. They frequently uncover and reveal security flaws, thereby encouraging enhancements in cybersecurity. These grey hat methods also find their place in the field of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), where they denote tactics that, although not strictly prohibited, might still be deemed unethical. The grey hat community is a varied one, disseminating knowledge across different platforms and wrestling with the moral consequences of their actions. It's crucial to note that while grey hat practices may contribute to progress in security, they should be counterbalanced with a regard for privacy rights.
Facebook malware (Wikipedia)

The social media platform and social networking service Facebook has been affected multiple times over its history by intentionally harmful software. Known as malware, these pose particular challenges both to users of the platform as well as to the personnel of the tech-company itself. Fighting the entities that create these is a topic of ongoing malware analysis.

An individual displays the "White Hat" debit card that Facebook gives to certain researchers who report security bugs.
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