"This threat actor is a good example of a global trend we’ve seen where low-sophistication groups choose to rely on openly available malicious tools, rather than invest in developing or buying sophisticated offensive capabilities," Meta said.

These low-cost tools have been designed to require less technical expertise to deploy, but yield results for the attackers.

"It democratises access to hacking and surveillance capabilities as the barrier to entry becomes lower. It also allows these groups to hide in the ‘noise’ and gain plausible deniability when being scrutinised by security researchers," Meta added.

While Meta has mitigated these security incidents in this instance, users should still be vigilant of social media security threats and take preventative steps to protect their data.