What Is Phishing ?

According to Wikipedia, Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

In a Layman term – Phishing is an example of social engineering attack in which an attacker attempts to steal valuable information by pretending to be a trustworthy party.

Source : www.fightingidentitycrimes.com
Source : www.fightingidentitycrimes.com

Typically a victim receives an email or a message that appears to have been sent by a known contact or organization. An attachment or links in the message may direct them to a malicious website, set up to trick them into divulging personal and financial information, such as passwords, account IDs or credit card details.

Phishing is popular among cybercriminals, as it is far easier to trick someone into clicking a malicious link in a seemingly legitimate email than trying to break through a computer’s defenses.


How Effective is Facebook Phishing?

Facebook Phishing
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This is a question that has no direct answer as the answer depends on various things. However, Facebook Phishing attack is less effective than it used to be. This is because antivirus programs can easily detect the Phishing Page and not only that but the web browsers like Chrome and Firefox can also detect it.

But still, like the saying goes “Human Stupidity has no limit”, many people will still fall for this attack.

Types of Facebook Phishing Attack

There are different types of Facebook Phishing attack that you can perform to hack into someones Facebook Account. Here are few that we’ll be learning in detail :

  1. Redirection Using Local Host
  2. Redirection Using Server
  3. Host File Manipulation