Hack Facebook Account Just by Knowing The Phone Numbers
Well, every now and then users search for how to hack Facebook account and here is the solution. Well, researchers have pulled a very amazing hack which can be used to hack someone Facebook account by just knowing the phone number of user. Well, exploiting SS7 network hackers can hack your Facebook and in order to do this all they need is your phone number. Well, the glitch in global telecom network SS7 does not not only let the hackers to listen your personal phone calls and access your SMSes but even allows them hack your social media accounts which are associated with your phone number.
However, SS7 stands for Signalling System Number 7 which is a telephony signaling protocol. Well, SS7 is being widely used by around 800 telecommunication operators all around the world in order to exchange information with others, enabling roaming, cross-carrier billing, and various other features. Meanwhile, a critical issue with Signalling System Number 7 network is which it trusts text messages sent. Hence, the cyber hackers can trick Signalling System Number 7 into diverting the text messages and the calls on to their own devices. Well, in order to pull this hack the criminals only need the target’s phone number and some usual details regarding target’s device. Well, the Positive Technologies, researchers have recently demonstrated how they can anyone Telegram and WhatsApp accounts, and also showed that they can hijack any Facebook account by using the same trick.
Well, Signalling System Number 7 or SS7 is quite popular due to its vulnerability. Even after being the one of the most advanced encryption method used by cellular networks its not completely safe from the hackers. However, the designing flaws in Signalling System Number 7 is been in quite a bit of buzz since the year 2014 when the German Security Research Labs researcher team alerted the world about its critical vulnerability.
How This Hack Work
Well, in order to hack any Facebook account the attacker will first require to click on “Forgot account?” option on the main login page of Facebook. Now the Password or Email Recovery page will appear on your screen which will ask you to enter your phone number or email address of the target Facebook account. Here, with entering the authenticated phone number users will get an OPT i.e, One Time Password onto their own computer which enable the attacker to login to the target’s Facebook account. This very issue affects Facebook which is registered with using a phone number. Moreover, Facebook, researchers’ also shows any kind of service such as Twitter, Gmail etc. which uses SMS system in order to verify users accounts is vulnerable for this attack.
Well, it is really a very critical vulnerability which puts number of Facebook users privacy at great risk. However, with some precaution it is possible to reduce the chances of becoming the next victim of this hack. Take a look at the bellow listed precaution to avoid this very hack.
- Users email address to create or verify your Facebook account rather than linking your phone number.
- Make use of the two-factor authentication security mechanism as it does not uses SMS for receiving codes.
- Use social media platform that offers “end-to-end encryption” and encrypt your sensitive information. Well, Facebook is also including the end-to-end encryption feature soon in its messenger app.
Well, one this that is notable here is this vulnerability is not related with Facebook or any other communication app instead it is just a weakness of telecom network. Therefore, users needs to be very careful and be aware. A little precaution and awareness can save you from several critical hacks including this vulnerability.