Why do hackers send Facebook friend requests? This question crossed my mind the other day and I chuckled at how friendly and harmless their attacks are. I wondered why they do something so benign. It doesn’t come across aggressive, mean, or evil. Then it hit me: that’s why they do it! Something that seems harmless is their way to steal data… I guess.
Honestly, I get more messages from the real friends that say “please don’t accept any friend requests from me, I’ve been hacked” than I get the actual fake requests.
Does anyone know why hackers go about it this way? Even if we were to accept these requests, what info do they get? It seems like they might get an email address, maybe a birthday date. Is it really worth their while to go about it in such a mild manner?
-Out of the Wilderness