Facebook detailed an ad-fraud cyber-attack that has been ongoing since 2016, stealing browser cookies and Facebook credentials. Facebook has launched a detailed wide-scale Chinese malware campaign that has been targeting its ad platform for years and tapped $4 million from users’ advertising accounts.
Dubbed SilentFade, the malware compromised Facebook accounts and used them to steal browser cookies, promote malicious ads, and more. The social media giant claimed that the Chinese malware campaign was initiated in 2016, but it was discovered in December 2018 because of a suspicious traffic spike across multiple Facebook endpoints.
Post extensive investigation, Facebook finally shut down the campaign and followed legal action against the cybercriminals responsible for the attack in December 2019.