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LUslaner
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LUslaner   2/13/2012 5:59:42 PM
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An unknown user hacked my facebook account and was talking to my friends asking for ransom money. I was able to post on my wall that my account was hacked, and not to respond. I was also able to go into the account settings and change my password. It was surreal watching someone chatting as if they were me, and there was nothing I could do, until they logged out and the account settings were updated. I also had to refriend several folks that my hacker had unfriended, since they called him/her on the fact that it clearly wasn't me. My advice is to make your password very secure, and change it often.

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junko.yoshida   2/13/2012 7:42:47 PM
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Very interesting. If I may ask, do you have any idea how long did this fake person existed on Facebook pretending like you? And since you had noticed it and notified that to Facebook, how long did it take for Facebook to take down the fake account?

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R0ckstar   2/13/2012 9:04:34 PM
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The only way you can expect to protect your online data is to either run your own social network site out of your house on your own hardware with uber-secure passwords, or don't use social networks. I choose the latter. My personal information is far too valuable to me to simply give away for free to some faceless corporation to exploit with only it's own interests in mind. What people forget, is that the operator of these social network servers have complete admin access to all user account information public and "private". No thanks. I never jumped on that bandwagon. This is one of those cases where people get what they pay for.

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Bill Chase   2/13/2012 11:45:47 PM
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A facebook hacker entered my account and sent porno messages to a lot of my facebook accounts- friends and professional contacts. How do you undo that damage?

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parity   2/14/2012 12:34:46 AM
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+1

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parity   2/14/2012 12:40:31 AM
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Not a similar experience except I accidentally created two different Linkedin accounts and had to ask them to delete one. I suppose something similar the the FB episode could be exploited there.

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parity   2/14/2012 12:57:55 AM
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FIRESHEEP This comment is potentially troublesome, but the larger community should be aware of how vulnerable we are around open WiFi hot spots. EETimes, delete this if you think it is harmful. A programmer has posted "free-ware" that allows anyone to instantly scan surrounding computers in an open WiFi environment and take over another user's Facebook, Twitter etc sessions with just a single click. The link below explains just how easy this is. Software install is easy too. He did it to protest websites that do not provide end-to-end session encryption (HTPPS or SSL) leaving users vulnerable. It is eye-popping. This is not a function of the browser, rather the website. Home wireless routers with encryption enabled will be safe from this attack. I understand banks are using end-to-end encrypt. http://codebutler.com/firesheep E-t-E encryption puts higher processing loads on site servers, hence their reluctance to add the additional cost for consumer protection.

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jackOfManyTrades   2/14/2012 9:03:02 AM
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A simple solution: don't touch Facebook with a bargepole.

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junko.yoshida   2/14/2012 4:02:21 PM
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Your last paragraph says it all. The guys who are developing social networks are operating under the assumption that "the user should have no reason to expect any privacy at all." We should be all reminded of it; and I wish the social network companies would say it outright. Just like surgeon general's warning on smoking.

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junko.yoshida   2/14/2012 4:19:41 PM
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That had happened to me too three or four years ago. No, you can't undo it. I remember that I received a ton of e-mails from my friends that my facebook page got hacked -- at 9:30p.m. That's when it hit me that my friends are NOT watching TV but they are reading FB pages!

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