Facebook’s parent company Meta, in a recent crackdown on cyber
spying activities, has exposed seven companies for infringing the privacy of Facebook users through malicious cyber activities. One of them is India’s
- BellTroX (India)
- Citrox (North Macedonia)
- Cobwebs Technologies
- Bluehawk CI (Israel)
- unidentified Chinese company
These companies were secretly being used to carry out reconnaissance, launch
hacking campaigns and trick people into providing personal information.
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Meta said it has blocked infrastructure associated with the companies, issued cease and desist warnings to them, and banned about 1,500 associated to these 7 companies from Facebook and
Meta is now sending alerts to 50,000 social media users who it believes were a victim of these organizations.
Those targeted for surveillance by the companies included journalists, dissidents, critics of authoritarian regimes, and families of opposition and human rights activists, according to Meta.
These companies used to spy on the targeted people by taking money from the clients. That is why they are called surveillance-for-hire companies. These companies collect intelligence, distort facts and break into their devices and accounts on the Internet.