Mar 24, 2021

Facebook removes accounts of 'China-based hackers' targeting Uighurs

Facebook has removed a group of China-based hackers it says targeted members of the Uighur community living abroad. It said hackers used malicious websites and apps to infect devices and allow for remote surveillance, with journalists and activists targeted. The Uighurs are originally from the north-western region Xinjiang region of China and those targeted are currently living in places including Turkey, the United States, Australia and Canada. Creating fake Uighur-themed apps for the Android app store, including a prayer app and a dictionary app. Posing on Facebook as journalists, students, human rights advocates or members of the Uighur community, building trust and tricking them into clicking on malicious links. Rights groups believe China has detained more than a million Uighurs over the past few years.

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