Universities have raised the alarm over fake accounts copying the identities of their students and alumnus. As of writing, folks from the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University in Manila and Cavite, and the University of San Carlos and San Jose Recoletos in Cebu City have reported fake accounts using their names. Hackers have also gotten into the online student portal of San Beda University.
The National Privacy Commission is monitoring the situation and has alerted Facebook, according to a Manila Bulletin report. Your best bet for now would be to report these dummy accounts to Facebook to have them taken down—the first step of which is to find all the fake accounts. If the Facebook search box turns out too many results to count, you can use the Doppelbanger site to scour the social-media platform for profiles using your name.
You can use it to find profiles using names or usernames similar to your own. Just be sure to double-check whether the profiles are indeed fake ones before reporting them. Telltale signs of an impostor account would be a blank profile picture and zero posts.
The Doppelbanger site will list down the URLs of profiles that match the information you put in. You can also find links to several online news articles reporting on the situation as well as information on how to properly report these fake accounts.
Be sure to take this information with a grain of salt. According to the site's own Frequently Asked Questions, "Wala kaming katibayan maliban sa mga salita, na magpapatunay na safe ito. Kahit ilabas namin ang source code, dumadaan pa rin ang data sa saradong mga server." The site also states that it does not collect the information you give it. The "now.sh" domain links back to Vercel.com, a website platform owned by a U.S.-based company.
Tweets showing the fake accounts messaging threats to the actual owners have surfaced online. According to the Cybercrime Division chief Victor Lorenzo of the National Bureau of Investigation, these copycat accounts could "in all probability," be a glitch, he told TeleRadyo. Glitch or not, isn't this something they should be investigating?
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.