Tuesday morning. 14 November. Girish Mallya, a publisher at T3 India magazine, wakes up to an alarming dollar figure charged to his credit card. A transaction of over $1,100, and some more. “I got alerts for two transactions, I saw dollar and I almost fell off my chair.” At first, Mallya thinks his bank account has been compromised, but then he checks his statement and quickly realises it’s the credit card.
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Facebook has an anonymous astroturfing problem
Stolen credit card details. Facebook ads. A payment setup with no two-factor authentication. These make the social media giant the perfect playground for anonymous astroturfing and phishing campaigns
Girish Mallya had unauthorised transactions amounting to $4,859 on his credit card
All payments were made to run advertising campaigns on Facebook
Many have reported the same pattern worldwide where stolen card details have been used to pay for Facebook ads
Governments of 30 countries have armies of ‘opinion shapers’ for astroturfing on social media