Social networks are an abundance of information, both public and personal. Personal information is mainly open only to a certain circle of users who are on the list of friends. But if the account is hacked, this information may become available to everyone on the Internet, including attackers who can use it for their own purposes. There are several common causes for hacking accounts.
To Send Spam and Earn Money
Spam is used to increase company revenue. Sometimes the profit from a spam attack for a company may not be significant. Nevertheless, sending unsolicited emails brings results. The hack of an account can be performed by the order of some commercial structure or attackers. Further, valuable information from social networks can be used for personal gain.
Using a virus, the following information can be got:
- Credit card numbers;
- Accounts in online games;
- Email Password;
- Email addresses that can be found on the computer;
- Passwords from sites visited by the user;
- Accounts on social networks.
To Extort Money
Often, accounts are stolen for the purpose of blackmail. To do this, hackers use a DDoS attack when, for example, the site receives many requests from 20 thousand infected computers. As a result, it is unable to handle everything, and the site stops working. After this, the attacker begins to extort money, promising to stop the attack.
Sometimes a social network account can be hacked. And then the hacker can change passwords and offer to buy it. Such blackmail concerns the criminal code of violation of the secrecy of correspondence.
For the Promotion of Advertising Groups
Due to account theft, attackers can increase the popularity of a community or service on the network. On behalf of the stolen accounts, they like, repost, write advertising messages and promote the community in every way.
To Read Personal Correspondence
The most basic reason for hacking an account is curiosity. Most often, for this reason, social pages of such famous people as actors, stars, etc. are hacked. In certain cases, these photos can be sold, for example, in the media. Nevertheless, anyone can be hacked for this purpose if, for example, your boyfriend/girlfriend wants to read your personal correspondence.
How to Protect Your Account From Hacking
Never use the same password for all your social networks. Use complex passwords with capital letters and numbers. Besides, use email to connect to different websites. Never use Twitter or Facebook. Also, stay tuned for antivirus and operating system updates.