Chinese hackers tried to hack Uighurs through fake Facebook profiles and fake websites. The company soon announced that it had taken control of these accounts and blocked them.
Chinese hackers have attacked Muslim Uighur activists, journalists and dissidents, according to Facebook. The targeted profiles also appeared to include individuals living in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Syria, Australia, Canada and the United States. It turned out that the team that carried out the attack was a group known as Earth Empusa or Evil Eye.
Nearly 100 malicious Facebook accounts blocked
The hackers ‘goal was to infect Uighur users’ devices with malware. They tried to persuade them to click on fake content links on computers or smartphones. The hacker group, who portrayed themselves as Uyghur activists, created fake websites with almost identical links to the reputable news sites of its target audience.
Facebook company made its first statements on the subject. About 100 fake Facebook profiles were detected. The company immediately intervened, eliminating the accounts. They also specifically informed people believed to have been targeted by hackers. At the same time they said the following words:
“A cyber espionage campaign took place on our platform. First of all, they didn’t directly share the malware itself. Instead, they attacked by posting links to fake websites. “
Who’s behind the hacker group that attacked the Uighurs?
Facebook’s cybersecurity team said the group that carried out the attack was known as Earth Empusa or Evil Eye. The company said the hackers had good resources and were continuing a persistent operation. After these statements, many people thought of whether there was a connection between the hackers and the Chinese government. But for now, such a relationship has not been established.
However, reports highlighted two companies, Beijing Best United and Dalian 9Rush Technology Co Ltd. It turns out that these Chinese firms are developing malicious Android apps for the hacker group that attacked the Uighurs.