Meta Alerts 🚨 50,000 Users Saying Their Accounts Were Spied 🕵️‍♂️ on by Surveillance Companies

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Meta Alerts 🚨 50,000 Users Saying Their Accounts Were Spied 🕵️‍♂️ on by Surveillance Companies

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Meta (formerly Facebook) says it has notified about 50,000 users of Facebook and Instagram that their accounts may have been spied on by surveillance-for-hire entities around the world. The company has announced this after conducting a comprehensive investigation.

According to a post by Meta, users located in more than 100 countries were targeted by seven different entities. 

The targets included individuals, politicians, human rights activists, journalists, critics of authoritarian regimes, dissidents, among others.   

The surveillance-for-hire companies generally target people to collect intelligence, manipulate and compromise their devices and accounts across the internet. 

The surveillance providers were based in China, India, Israel, and North Macedonia. 

The seven entities include Cobwebs Technologies, Cognyte, Black Cube and Bluehawk CI (Israel), BellTroX (India), Cytrox (North Macedonia), and an unknown entity in China. 

Meta is sending alerts to almost 50,000 users across more than 100 countries who it believes were targeted by one or more of these entities. 

The social media giant also said that the surveillance was uncovered after a months-long investigation in which it identified spying groups and took action by removing them from the platform.

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