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Vinnytsia journalists lose their Facebook page in a phishing attack

30.10.2023, 12:05

The Facebook page of the NGO "Automaidan Vinnytsia", which was also the page of the "DePutaty" media founded by it, has been hacked, reports the IMI representative in Vinnytsia oblast.

The administrators have been trying to get the page access back for several weeks. As the organization has said, the Facebook support "has started investigating the page," but no progress has been made so far: i.e. the page has not been given back to the administrators.

The media workers and activists have created a new Facebook page and announced that in addition to "relocating" their page on the social network, they are also planning to change the media domain.

"Our journalistic investigations, revealing and critical materials were followed by phishing attacks on our organization's social media resources. Recently, our Facebook page was hacked. But we keep on working," the post reads.

The media outlet also noted that they continue working on their projects on history and ecology and do not stop "the fight against illegal construction that destroys green zones and historical areas" for the community's sake.

As of now, the new Automaidan page only has 140 followers, several dozen times less than the hacked one.

It will be recalled that IMI also reported on the mass influx of hackers targeting Ukrainian media: "In recent weeks, we have received loads of phishing PM texts pretending to be the Meta support service. In Ukrainian and English. Now they also started texting in Russian."

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