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Cybersecurity Firm Uncovers 2,400+ Fake Arabic Job Pages

The scam targeted internet users across 13 Middle East and North African countries.

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Global cybersecurity leader Group-IB has revealed new research from its center in Dubai detailing a widespread fake job scam campaign targeting Arabic speakers in the MENA region.

Digital Risk Protection experts used AI and text analyzing tools to uncover over 2,400 fake job pages impersonating companies from 13 countries. The posts were created on social media platforms throughout the entirety of 2022.

On the job pages, fraudsters spoofed more than 40 of the MENA region’s largest companies. They published vacancies in Arabic offering salaries too good to be true, including “4,500 euros (USD $4,800) for drivers and painters”. Once interested victims interacted with links on the pages, they were taken to fake phishing sites where they were asked to enter login credentials and passwords.

Which Countries Were Targeted?

Arabic-speaking individuals were the exclusive targets of this particular scamming campaign, with Egyptian companies most frequently spoofed by the criminals.

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According to Group-IB, “48% of all the fake profiles created on Facebook spoofed companies from Egypt. Organizations from Saudi Arabia (23% of all scam pages), Algeria (16%), Tunisia (7%), and Morocco (4%) were also frequently mimicked as well as offering individuals jobs at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar”.

What Industries Were Selected?

The scammers responsible for the fake job pages made adverts across multiple industries, though logistics firms were a popular target (64%). Group-IB noted that “scammers targeting MENA users are particularly fond of impersonating logistics enterprises due to the high potential ROI. The food and beverage (20% of scam pages) and petroleum (12%) industries were also heavily impersonated by the scammers, with one particular company being impersonated on more than 1,000 fake pages”.

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Staying Safe Online

Group-IB warned internet users to stay vigilant and always confirm URLs when following links that supposedly lead to a company’s website — a particularly important habit on social media sites. Users should enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for all online accounts supporting the security feature and ensure they never use the same password across multiple accounts.

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Lebanese Newspaper Builds AI President To Beat Political Crisis

The move by media outlet AnNahar comes after 13 failed attempts by the Lebanese parliament to elect a new leader.

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In a world first, Lebanon’s AnNahar Newspaper has built an artificial intelligence model designed to carry out presidential duties for the politically troubled country. Lebanon has been without a sitting president for two years after thirteen failed attempts by the nation’s parliament to elect a suitable candidate.

The new AI President’s deep learning algorithm was fed over 90 years of impartial journalism from AnNahar’s archive stretching back to the 1930s. The AI leader analyzes not only historical data but also current events and is able to formulate solutions for all manner of political, legal, and governmental questions. By tapping into such a vast knowledge base, Lebanon’s AI President will have a deep understanding of the country’s past, as well as an unbiased take on the challenges the nation faces going forward.

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The new AI President was unveiled in a recent live broadcast. Nayla Tueni, editor-in-chief of AnNahar Newspaper conducted an interview with the digital leader, asking relevant questions about the current state of Lebanon, and how to fix the country’s difficult political situation. AnNahar has also converted its print newspaper to focus entirely on the new president’s guidance on issues spanning everything from the economy to sustainability and the environment.

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After the interview, Nayla Tueni commented: “As Lebanese people, and especially at AnNahar, we refuse to sit back and allow things to go on as they have. To not have a president for this long is unacceptable and has impacted the country negatively. If the parliament will not do its job to elect a president, then the people will bring to Lebanon a president”.

The AI President will soon be accessible to everyone at OurPresident.ai, Users will be able to ask questions in a similar manner to the likes of ChatGPT and Google Gemini. It is also understood that government officials will also use the tool to help devise new directives.

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