Meta (Facebook) blocks 7 pay-for-surveillance networks that spied on 50,000 people

MADRID, Dec. 17 (Portaltic / EP) –

Meta, Facebook’s parent, has cracked down on the internet surveillance pay industry and has blocked seven providers of this type of illegal services, responsible for the espionage of 50,000 people Worldwide.

The pay-per-watch networks are services that are contracted, by government or private organizations, to spy through the Internet on people -often journalists or activists- to obtain information through illegal techniques or manipulation, with which they can attack your devices or your accounts.

The technology industry already has measures against the exploitation techniques of payment surveillance services, but Meta has drawn attention to the importance of acting against the earlier phases of the cycle, such as recognition and contact with victims, as reported in a statement.

Among your measurements, Meta has blocked seven entities from its platforms that allowed to hire online surveillance to spy on people from 100 countries indiscriminately. Suppliers are based on China, Israel, India and North Macedonia.

These networks violated community standards and terms of service for multiple services, so Meta has also blocked related Internet infrastructure with these attackers and sent letters requesting that they cease their activity.

Also, the company It has notified around 50,000 people who it believes may have been victims of surveillance payment networks since 2015, when it began to analyze this phenomenon.

Within this effort, Meta has chosen to act against the behavior, regardless of who is in charge of it, since it has recalled that it already has communication channels with governments for police investigations.

In this way, the American company has called for greater transparency and control at the international level over this industry, and has also called for the need to collaborate within the technology sector to combat the phenomenon.

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