We recently encountered a mobile phishing page that looks very similar to the official Facebook mobile page. However, looking closely into the URL address, there are noticeable differences. The real Facebook page is located at https://m.facebook.com/login and has the lock icon to show that the page is secured.
Figure 1. Fake vs. legitimate Facebook mobile page
This page tries to steal more than Facebook credentials. Should users actually try to log in, the page then prompts users to choose a security question. This may sound harmless, but these same security questions might be used across several different sites, and can compromise your security as well.
Figure 2. Fake Facebook security page
Once users are done, they are led to another page, this time asking for their credit card details.
Figure 3. Page asking for credit card details
In cases like these, users should always be careful and double-check the URLs of sites they are entering personal information into, particularly those that claim to belong to a particular service. In addition, Facebook does not ask for a user’s credit card information unless they are making a purchase.
Earlier this year, we established that mobile devices are now platforms for phishing attacks. With high-profile incidents like the mobile phishing page targeting Chase customers, the fake WhatsApp notification serving a multiplatform threat, the master key vulnerability, and not to mention the growing number of online banking transcations via mobile devices – threats for mobile devices are catching up with its PC counterparts in terms of severity.
Armed with the right information and protection, mobile users can prevent becoming a victim of such threats. Trend Micro protects users from this threat by blocking access to the said site via its web reputation service.