Fake account creation is the use of automation to create hundreds, even thousands of counterfeit user accounts with the intent of committing fraud or theft. Bad actors will analyze the account sign up form and, in many cases, use the APIs to programmatically establish the new fake accounts, bypassing the form fills altogether. Fake account creation goals can include reputation manipulation through fake likes and fake reviews, spreading disinformation through fake posts/repost, or theft through account sign-up bonuses.
Fake Accounts and Reputation Manipulation
A social media customer found that bad actors were using manual keyboard smashing (random keystrokes) and automation to establish fictitious accounts. In some cases, the end goal was to gain access to content and re-use for fraudulent purposes. In other cases, the fake accounts were used to enhance or degrade the user reputation by posting fake reviews and fake likes.
Fake accounts are used to gain access to the users and content housed behind the registration application.