Meta (formerly Facebook) has filed a federal lawsuit in California court to disrupt phishing attacks targeting Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp users.

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“This phishing scheme involved the creation of more than 39,000 websites impersonating the login pages of Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp,” said Jessica Romero, Meta’s Director of Platform Enforcement and Litigation

“On these websites, people were prompted to enter their usernames and passwords, which Defendants collected.”

The defendants used a relay service to prevent defenders from detecting and blocking their infrastructure by redirecting internet traffic to the phishing sites, thus concealing both the identities of their online hosting providers and the phishing sites’ locations.

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