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Facebook Thwarts Hacking Network Used by PA Intelligence Services


Facebook said on Wednesday it has broken up a hacker network used by Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ intelligence service in an attempt to keep tabs on journalists, human rights activists and government critics, The Associated Press reports.

In its report, Facebook said that elements linked to the PA’s Preventive Security Service “used fake and compromised accounts to create fictitious personas.”

Posing as young women, journalists and political activists, they then sought “to build trust with people they targeted and trick them into installing malicious software,” said Facebook.

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