In a recent press release, cybersecurity leader Bitdefender unveiled a disturbing revelation regarding the evolving tactics of cybercriminals on Facebook. The company's research has uncovered a new virus, known as NodeStealer, which poses a significant threat to the privacy and security of Facebook users.

NodeStealer is a malicious code that primarily operates on JavaScript and Node.js. It discreetly collects data from web browsers and leverages this information to compromise Facebook accounts. While the initial intention of this malicious software was to target web browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave, and Opera, with the goal of hijacking cookie sessions and compromising Facebook accounts, Bitdefender has reported that threat actors have been actively enhancing the malware throughout the year. These enhancements have broadened the scope of the attack, affecting regular Facebook users.

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Bitdefender's research highlights that the threat actors behind NodeStealer have extended their focus beyond just hijacking Facebook business accounts. They are now employing unique methods to target regular Facebook users, potentially compromising their personal data and online security.

To mitigate the risk of falling victim to such cyber threats, experts suggest following 5 essential cybersecurity practices:

1. Being selective with third-party applications

2. Using strong and unique passwords

3. Installing antivirus software

4. Enabling two-factor authentication

5. Utilizing a password management program.

With threats like NodeStealer emerging, it is crucial for Facebook users and internet users, in general, to remain informed and adopt best practices for online safety.

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