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Fake Facebook Profile or Any Other Profile !

By | Cyber Bullying, impersonation | No Comments

Recently I met a business colleague for Lunch and she recounted a strange incidence of a elaborate fake profile on a matrimony site. Also you keep reading in newspapers about how, fake profile befriended gullible teens and blackmailed them after collecting lot of information about them. There are also spammers and financial fraudsters who can gain lot of information about you by befriending you on facebook. Even very cautious and otherwise intelligent people sometime fall prey to this fraud. The culprit seems to be the belief that if you have common friends and the photo looks normal enough one can trust the profile.

There are many complex ways of doing this. For facebook in particular there are apps which do behavioral analyses and predict if the profile is fake. These apps are specific to However one simple way would be to do a reverse image check on the profile picture. The process is simple.

  1. Click on the profile pic; Right click (or ctrl click, or hold depending on the device). Copy the image URL. Alternatively one can download the picture too.
  2. Go to images.google.com (Many other sites too, but google is well well-known).
  3. click on the camera icon in the search box and upload the profile pic or paste the URL from step 1.
  4. If search throws other pics/profiles with different contexts and names then you know you have a fake profile.

Once that is established you can report the profile to the concerned website. For facebook the link is https://www.facebook.com/help/167722253287296; Facebook explicitly states that

We don’t allow accounts that:

Pretend to be you or someone else

Use your photos

List a fake name

Don’t represent a real person

However given the nature of these fake profile creators they will come back in other avatars but at least you have a method of detecting.  One prudent(but conservative) approach in general would be not to add anyone that you haven’t met offline.

Stay Safe !!

Hacked Facebook Account Recovery !

By | Case Study !, Hacking | No Comments

Recently two folks contacted us through our site. One from a country known for hackers and other from Mediterranean region. One from the hacked country had details of his education and work for a good measure so that we take the case seriously (We do take all seriously and we have methods to check for spams wherever possible and sandbox most of our communication).  However Thank you for pre-emptive measure sir.

Here is the synopsis. When they try to access their account it says it rejects due to wrong password although it is the password they remember. The forgot password doesn’t work either as the hacker possibly would have changed the password recovery email.  They both wanted us to recover the account. These kind of cases do not really require too much help from experts.

Here is the process, just go here and provide https://www.facebook.com/hacked and provide the email you registered originally with. It asks for some confirmation information and then restores the account for you. You may have to wait for sometime though.

Who hacked ?

This is the difficult part !! Unless you have some other circumstantial evidence, it is generally difficult(not impossible) to figure out who hacked. Better would be to add additional security measure in the way of “login session restrictions” and two factor authentication.

In some cases the hacker is just lurking (and not blocked you out), best in those cases some idea of who this is can be gained by looking at the activity log of the sessions.

Contact us at contact@argbyte.com for more information.