Facebook Hacking Scheme Targets Users, Abusers

Ralph DeFrangesco

You can hire a Facebook hacker for $100. Well, that's what the advertisement says, anyhow. Is there someone on Facebook that you would like to get back at? PandaLabs has just discovered an online service that claims it will hack any Facebook account for $100. According to PandaLabs, you sign up for the service, put in the Facebook account you want hacked and click the "Hack it" button. It then returns the user name and owner of the account. The user then clicks on "Start Facebook hacking" and is eventually told the hack was successful. The user is them told to send $100, either by Western Union or electronically, after which the password is to be sent to them. PandaLabs was not quite sure if the service is "legitimate" or not, if that is possible in this situation.


In May of this year, Facebook hit 200 million users. By July, active Facebook users hit the 250 million mark, making it a very target-rich environment. Breach Security says that social network sites are the number-one targeted category for online attacks for the first half of 2009.


And security firm AVG recently found in a survey of social networking site users that only 27 percent of those users were taking any action to protect themselves against online threats.


Now add this fairly simply Facebook hacking offer site, which is either a real hacking service that will victimize Facebook users, or a scam to relieve folks of $100 at a time -- while collecting identifying information from them. Knowing all of this, if your company hasn't created a social networking policy, today is the day to start. IT Business Edge's Knowledge Network has examples of policies available for download to get you started, such as this social networking policy from The Greteman Group.


No matter how this turns out, "hire a hacker" advertising is obviously just wrong. If the service is able to hack a Facebook account, it needs to be shut down. If this site just rips off people, it still needs to be shut down, even though, in my opinion, anyone who would hire someone to hack a site deserves what they get. Today it's Facebook, tomorrow it will be your bank account.

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Sep 24, 2009 8:28 AM Tony Stout Tony Stout  says:

Thanks for the information.  My company is in the process of adding a social network to the company website and have been fighting with them that they need to understand the risk of this.  How are they going to monitor the content to ensure other companies which might receive negative comments don't hold us accountable.  The list goes on and on. 

Sep 26, 2009 1:06 AM Ralph DeFrangesco Ralph DeFrangesco  says: in response to Tony Stout

There are ways to deal with this. Depending on the size of your organiation, many companies assign a person to monitor the blogs and when an issue comes up, someone is right there to handle it.  Thanks for your input.



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