Afghanistan: After Taliban Capture, Pakistani Hackers Targeted Afghan Users, Businesses Saved By Blocking Accounts Quickly


World Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi

Published by: Surendra joshi
Updated Tue, Nov 16, 2021 09:52 PM IST

Summary

The hackers tried to hack into the accounts of people associated with the then Afghan government, the military, and security agencies.

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In August this year, immediately after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, Pakistani hackers attacked the social media accounts and email accounts of Afghan users. Facebook, Twitter, Alphabet, Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn immediately blocked them due to the possibility of hacking and misusing Afghan accounts.

According to Facebook, Pakistani hackers used Facebook to target Afghan users during the occupation of Afghanistan by the Taliban. The social media company Facebook, which recently changed its name to Meta, said hackers had tried to hack into the accounts of people associated with the then Afghan government, armed forces and security agencies.

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Social media company Facebook said it had removed the cybersecurity industry group known as Sidecopy from its platform in August. This group sends malware by sending links to websites. Through this, the account is hacked.

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Sidecopy Group lures users on behalf of imaginary young women and lures them into revealing confidential information by luring them into romance. Similarly, the wrong chat apps also download and catch people in their trap. It’s hard to know what the hackers were up to. Facebook doesn’t know what hackers do to people who are trapped and what ends it. Facebook said it had not previously disclosed the hacking operation, but shared the information with the US State Department at the time it carried out the operation.

Facebook investigators also said that Facebook deactivated the accounts of two hacking groups last month. They were associated with the intelligence agencies of the Syrian Air Force. One group, known as the Syrian Electronic Army. It targeted human rights activists, journalists and others who opposed the ruling regime. Other hackers targeted people affiliated with the Free Syrian Army and former military personnel who joined the opposition forces.

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In August this year, immediately after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, Pakistani hackers attacked the social media accounts and email accounts of Afghan users. Facebook, Twitter, Alphabet, Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn immediately blocked them due to the possibility of hacking and misusing Afghan accounts.

According to Facebook, Pakistani hackers used Facebook to target Afghan users during the occupation of Afghanistan by the Taliban. The social media company Facebook, which recently changed its name to Meta, said hackers had tried to hack into the accounts of people associated with the then Afghan government, armed forces and security agencies.

side copy removed

Social media company Facebook said it had removed the cybersecurity industry group known as Sidecopy from its platform in August. This group sends malware by sending links to websites. Through this, the account is hacked.

what does sidecopy do

Sidecopy Group lures users on behalf of imaginary young women and lures them into revealing confidential information by luring them into romance. Similarly, the wrong chat apps also download and catch people in their trap. It’s hard to know what the hackers were up to. Facebook doesn’t know what hackers do to people who are trapped and what ends it. Facebook said it had not previously disclosed the hacking operation, but shared the information with the US State Department at the time it carried out the operation.

Facebook investigators also said that Facebook deactivated the accounts of two hacking groups last month. They were associated with the intelligence agencies of the Syrian Air Force. One group, known as the Syrian Electronic Army. It targeted human rights activists, journalists and others who opposed the ruling regime. Other hackers targeted people affiliated with the Free Syrian Army and former military personnel who joined the opposition forces.


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