Facebook cracks down on fake accounts after identifying massive 'network of spammers'

Mail Online | 4/14/2017 | Afp
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Facebook on Friday said it disrupted an international fake account operation that was firing off inauthentic 'likes' and bogus comments to win friends it would then pound with spam.

Facebook's security team spent six months fighting to neutralize what they saw as a coordinated campaign, according to Shabnam Shaik, a company security manager.

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'Our systems were able to identify a large portion of this illegitimate activity -- and to remove a substantial number of inauthentic likes,' Shaik said in a blog post.

'By disrupting the campaign now, we expect that we will prevent this network of spammers from reaching its end goal of sending inauthentic material to large numbers of people.'

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The ring used accounts in a number of countries including Bangladesh, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

The group tried to mask its activities with tactics like connecting with the social network through 'proxy' servers to disguise where 'likes,' posts or other communications were originating, according to Shaik.


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