Facebook explains: they are targeting Uighurs

AA | Thursday, March 25, 2021 – 17:13 | Last Updated: 25 03 2021 – 17:13

Social networking platform Facebook announced that Chinese hackers carried out cyber attacks on fake accounts to spy on Uyghur origin activists, journalists and dissidents living abroad.

In a statement from the Facebook website, “especially Turkey, Kazakhstan, living in countries like the US, activists from ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China’s Xinjiang region, was targeted journalists and dissidents.” It was said.

In the statement, it was noted that Chinese hackers tried to infect the electronic devices of the people they targeted with malware that could spy on them. It was pointed out that hackers did this by sharing malware by forging links to some popular news sites among Uyghurs.

It was emphasized that Chinese hackers created fake accounts on Facebook as if they were journalists, students, human rights defenders, or members of the Uyghur community, in order to click on malicious links they send by building trust in the people they target.

Although Facebook did not directly blame the Chinese government as responsible for the cyberattacks, it pointed out that the hackers involved “have the characteristics of a well-resourced and persistent operation”.