Hacking Facebook account is one of the major queries on the Internet today. It’s hard to find — how to hack Facebook account, but researchers have just proven by taking control of a Facebook account with only the target’s phone number and some hacking skills.
Yes, your Facebook account can be hacked, no matter how strong your password is or how much extra security measures you have taken. No joke!
Hackers with skills to exploit the SS7 network can hack your Facebook account. All they need is your phone number.
The weaknesses in the part of global telecom network SS7 not only let hackers and spy agencies listen to personal phone calls and intercept SMSes on a potentially massive scale but also let them hijack social media accounts to which you have provided your phone number.
Here’s How to Hack Any Facebook Account:
The attacker first needs to click on the “Forgot account?” link on the Facebook.com homepage. Now, when asked for a phone number or email address linked to the target account, the hacker needs to provide the legitimate phone number.
The attacker then diverts the SMS containing a one-time passcode (OTP) to their own computer or phone, and can login to the target’s Facebook account.
You can watch the video demonstration that shows the hack in action.
The issue affects all Facebook users who have registered a phone number with Facebook and have authorized Facebook Texts.
Besides Facebook, researchers’ work shows that any service, including Gmail and Twitter, that uses SMS to verify its user accounts has left open doors for hackers to target its customers.
Although the network operators are unable to patch the hole sometime soon, there is little the smartphone users can do.
- Do not link your phone number to social media sites, rather rely solely on emails to recover your Facebook or other social media accounts.
- Use two-factor authentication that does not use SMS texts for receiving codes.
- Use communication apps that offer “end-to-end encryption” to encrypt your data before it leaves your smartphone over your phone’s standard calling feature.