PandaLabs has uncovered an online service offering to hack Facebook accounts for a fee. But would-be customers may find out the joke is on them.
According to PandaLabs, the service-which was discovered this week-offers to break into Facebook accounts in exchange for $100. But researchers at Panda have reported they have no evidence that the service actually offers customers any Facebook credentials.
When they visit the site, users are asked to register and provide an ID of the Facebook account they want to compromise, Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs, explained in a blog post. Those who continue on enter the ID and click "Hack It." They are then presented with the user name of the owner of the Facebook account, and can click another button that says, "Start Facebook hacking."
To retrieve the supposedly hacked password, the user is required to send $100 via Western Union.
"Once you send the information, you are told that it will appear in your balance," Corrons blogged. "Of course it won't, as this is all about taking the money from users. And at the end, as the user wanted to hack an account, he won't call the police."
The site includes a disclaimer of sorts, stating that while the process of hacking the Facebook account typically takes no more than 5 minutes, success is not guaranteed. In an effort to make the site look legitimate, whoever is behind it also added a "frequently asked questions" section.
"In the Website there is a FAQ place, where they say they've been doing business for more than 4 years, and provide a link to a Webmoney account that is in fact 4 years old," Corrons wrote. "But taking a look at this Facebook hacking Website, we found out that it's been registered by someone from Moscow a couple of days ago."