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Someone hacked my Facebook account

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by JWBlue, Mar 7, 2011.

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  1. JWBlue

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    When I logged into Facebook, Facebook told me someone in Detroit, MI logged into my Facebook account.

    I am wondering how this happened.

    I changed my password.

    Has this happened to anyone else?

    What else should I do?
     
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    Use https.
     
  3. Falco152

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    Don't use public info as part of your security setting.
     
  4. Zeptinune

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    That's really crazy. They'd have to be using the same pc as you or something. Or you would have to have left something crucial as your dogs name in your public information or something... Facebook these days is really secure...

    If you log in from somewhere else it asks you a ton of questions about who you are to verify if it's you. I'd say this person doesn't like you and has done a lot of research on you or it's a close friend or something.

    You can always get your pass sent back to you via your email but really you should be more careful or it will happen again. Maybe you made someone angry?

    Honestly, usually only people who know you half as well as you know yourself can hack you. If you check in Facebook where you recently logged in from it'll tell you the computer name or resolved i.p. address of the person who logged in and even what browser they were using. That should help give you an idea of who it was.

    All of this info can be found in 'Account Settings'.
     
  5. Voodooi

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    Wasn't there proven videos/reports that logging into social networking sites using free WIFI (such as the one from your college) is extremely vulnerable?

    I watched a news special showing this and the guy changed the relationship status of almost a dozen people through college WIFI. A girlfriend of one of the accounts that was altered replied within 15 minutes, angry at the status change made by the "hacker", which was pretty humorous.

    Although this doesn't explain the change made by a guy in Michigan to a California account, but it goes to show you how unsecure free WIFI really is.
     
  6. Zeptinune

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    I've gotten into other peoples facebooks before and seriously (self confessed).. it's pretty hard these days, if not, getting totally impossible to get someone who you don't know really well at least.

    Don't know about 'public'/free wifi being an issue. Unsecured wireless is always a security risk. Lets not go into that shall we. But these days like I said you need to know a lot about the person you who's account you want to get into before you can...

    Facebook makes you ID the persons friends, tell you the persons exact birth date as well as enter any sort of security questions they have. Also if they have a phone number registered sometimes Fb wants you to enter a code that would have been sent to the original owners phone.. (which is obviously impossible unless you stole that too).

    I'd say the 'hacker' at this point knows who the OP is pretty well.
     
  7. davepermen

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    if you're on a public wireless, and don't use httpS://whatever, then everyone on that wireless can get your logon data unencrypted and use it for what ever they want.

    there's even a firefox extension doing nothing else but checking out other people's logon informations in the same network.


    other than that, there are regular attacks to nearly all accounts randomly. he might just have had bad luck (simple password?).
     
  8. anseio

    anseio All ways are my ways.

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    I think there's fishy stuff going on with facebook.

    I used to have mulitple accounts, none of which were accessed on public computers or public networks. One was my main, and the other 2 were for gaming. I'd stopped using the 2nd two for a while. Once last year, in the same week, both gave me messages upon logging in that the account had been phished. They claimed I must have clicked on something and given my info out. That was not possible. I've only once ever fallen for the phishing trick and that was over a decade ago.
     
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    I'd echo others that this is likely from a free WiFi access point. So many people I know have had their Facebooks, Gmail etc hacked lately - all of them had either used their laptop in a cafe, or set their smartphone to use whatever wireless it could find to check their email so they could save their data plan (BAD idea).

    It's worth noting that even if you log in via https you are not entirely safe, but it takes a vastly more sophisticated attack to compromise you, which is operated by the owner of the access point (as opposed to http access, where anyone sat in the same Starbucks can fish your login details with no effort at all)
     
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    Firefox extension reveals Facebook and Twitter logins | Technology | guardian.co.uk

    OP could have used 'plain text' login. If he did then he/she deserves what he/she got. Point is though the plug-in no longer works with pretty much every single website that it used to support including facebook :) the creator got his point across.
     
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    theres been some crafty viruses on facebook lately.all roughly to do with the same thing. for example:
    see whos looked at your account lately.
    see whos viewed your pictures.
    see how many people have looked at your posts since joining facebook.
    see how many times the girl/boy you like has viewed your profile.

    they look harmless enough as the link always comes from one of your friends. what the link actually does is the first person to click it gives permission for it to view all their details including all of their friends lists and emails.
    ill let you do the maths but for example
    a. has 100 contacts and all of them 100 contacts also have a hundred contacts etc etc.
    it sends an innocent message to all 100 and 1 person clicks it and it then sends to that 100 and infects 100s of thousands in minutes.

    the amount of people i know that have clicked on things like these is amazing.
    if your that paranoid about whos looking at your posts and pictures then you shouldnt be on facebook in the first place.
    happy surfing :)
     
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    Yeah, social engineering is very effective, no matter how technically experienced the user is.
     
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    A group of hackers on facebook today hacked into my account and deleted out all my friends and deleted out my picture and all my personal info. Please spread the word to all your friends
    and family members to change the password and keep a close lookout for anything unusual and report it to facebook.

    Here are some important instructions to follow:

    (1) Join the group (so we can all be updated if you notice anything)

    (2) click on Invite People to join( select all your family and friends to join this group so they know whats going on)

    (3) Send Invitations

    (4) I will keep you posted if i notice anything or hear back from facebook if they caught these idiots.

    (5) Please post any comments if you notice anything..
     
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    I don't know why you think getting into facebook is difficult. Social hacking is basically made for facebook. You don't have to hack a site itself to get into it.
     
  15. Ghost_AWP

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    Social hacking is basically what created Facebook. My advice is simple, effective and most importantly, secure....Stop using Bookface.
     
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