Why do hackers send fake Facebook friend requests?

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

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

2 thoughts on “Why do hackers send fake Facebook friend requests?

  1. Hey boss, glad you are ramping up your posts a lot during this crazy time.
    RE: why…hackers use this harmless data to crack passwords, then steal more than data. While you may use strong passwords, the majority doesn’t. Maybe it’s not your dogs name and birth year to get into your bank…but it is to get into that yahoo email you haven’t looked at in 10 years. Then they find job apps or other sensitive data you didn’t realize was sensitive back then. Next they open a new Credit card or hack a different system or a friend they found snooping on your FB. See how this snowballs? Check out Breach where ever you get your podcasts.


    1. Hey Carson, nice to hear from you again! I figured it was quite sinister but wasn’t sure why they’d pick something that seems so harmless. What you said definitely makes sense. Evil people 😦


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