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Canuckistan 30 December 2012 03:14 PM

Facebook hackers will say mean things on your behalf
 
Just saw this on a friend's FB page:

AWARE EVERYBODY... New type of hackers on FB. What they write is aggressive comments from you, and it's insulting. It's really nasty and it appears to come from you. You do not see it, but your friends do. One result of this can be that you will be deleted on your friends list. Just want to say, you get something that is offensive, malicious, vulgar, etc., it is ABSOLUTELY not from me . Please let Me know if this should happen... Copy this and put in your status

Avril 30 December 2012 03:52 PM

Hmm. Could you log out and see it on more public pages? I don't remember how Facebook handles public access. I'm suspicious of this.

nonnieyrissa 30 December 2012 04:22 PM

You do not need to log out, just click on your profile, click the gear on the top right(under your cover pic) and view your activity, or just view as. This is a function that shows you how your profile looks to others, in case you want to check that your options are working properly/set properly.

I will say though that unless you are a fairly competent hacker, you won't be hacking Facebook profiles. Unless something has changed in the last few years, Facebook asked Hackerz to attempt to do so a few years ago. Several of us eventually had success, but it wasn't easy and we were pooling methods and results.

ETA- Actually, it wasn't even really hacking that ended up getting us in as it was more or less down to hacking email accounts to gain access in one method, and tricking facebook in another.

Beejtronic 30 December 2012 09:57 PM

Yeah, I doubt that whoever had this originally happen to them was actually hacked. More likely, they left themselves logged into a public computer or gave their password to someone who later turned on them.

A Turtle Named Mack 30 December 2012 11:30 PM

When I see this thread title, I keep thinking "They're practicing law without a license."

Not_Done_Living 31 December 2012 03:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Beejtronic (Post 1698153)
Yeah, I doubt that whoever had this originally happen to them was actually hacked. More likely, they left themselves logged into a public computer or gave their password to someone who later turned on them.

or they wrote a really mean post, and then woke up sober the next morning and claimed it was a hacker.

Esprise Me 31 December 2012 06:48 AM

Everyone I know at school has their FB password saved on their computer and phone, and most are pretty careless about leaving those things out in the library to go to the bathroom or step outside for a cigarette. It's gotten to the point where at least a few people on my news feed have more fake status updates than real ones. They're not cruel, though, just silly and gross.

Canuckistan 31 December 2012 02:31 PM

My response to all those people: Password protect your phone already.

They never do.

kit_n_caboodle 31 December 2012 04:46 PM

Once my sister asked why my phone was password protected, and I asked HER why she was trying to get into it! I'm not as stupid as I look. :lol:

GenYus234 31 December 2012 06:05 PM

Same thing can happen here. Just want to say, you see something that is helpful, cogent, not snarky, etc., it is ABSOLUTELY not from me .

Dasla 01 January 2013 12:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GenYus234 (Post 1698304)
Same thing can happen here. Just want to say, you see something that is helpful, cogent, not snarky, etc., it is ABSOLUTELY not from me .

Or spelt badly. All those posts that are spelt badly are not from me. ;)

nonnieyrissa 01 January 2013 03:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GenYus234 (Post 1698304)
Same thing can happen here. Just want to say, you see something that is helpful, cogent, not snarky, etc., it is ABSOLUTELY not from me .

In a vehicle with a bunch of friends, and couldn't stop laughing to explain. :lol:

urbanlegendfanatic 18 August 2015 10:16 PM

It's not quite the same but I noticed a friend's Facebook page had up a sad post about how she needed help because her father had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and she needed money. It directed you to a "go fund me" page. I knew her father didn't have Alzheimer's and I knew she hadn't set up a go fund me page. She had been hacked. Luckily we all knew that so no money was sent and she was able to shut down her account and put up a new one. So that scam is happening. She reported it to "go fund me" as well who shut down that account from whoever set it up.

Not_Done_Living 20 August 2015 04:44 PM

when i was back hoe last week, i spent a lot of my free time removing stale apps from my families facebook pages.

they installed them a year or so ago -- and some of them were not even what they originally installed.. they had changed.

they also all had the rights to post as the user -- and that's what i think is the issue -- too many people allowing apps to post as them -- the apps get bought out or were designed as honeypots to begin with , and then months or years later they start "posting as.." and the scam starts.

Psihala 20 August 2015 04:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Not_Done_Living (Post 1884151)
when i was back hoe last week, i spent a lot of my free time removing stale apps from my families facebook pages.

:eek:

~Psihala
(*Had no idea getting rid of Facebook apps required this kind of equipment.)

Dasla 21 August 2015 04:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Not_Done_Living (Post 1884151)
when i was back hoe last week,

:lol: So what kind of earth moving equipment are you this week. :p

Lainie 21 August 2015 01:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by A Turtle Named Mack (Post 1698161)
When I see this thread title, I keep thinking "They're practicing law without a license."

:lol: [and letters]

Malmensa 07 June 2016 06:09 AM

Doppelgangers!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Canuckistan (Post 1698091)
Just saw this on a friend's FB page:

AWARE EVERYBODY... New type of hackers on FB. What they write is aggressive comments from you, and it's insulting. It's really nasty and it appears to come from you. You do not see it, but your friends do. One result of this can be that you will be deleted on your friends list. Just want to say, you get something that is offensive, malicious, vulgar, etc., it is ABSOLUTELY not from me . Please let Me know if this should happen... Copy this and put in your status

Sounds like a "Doppelganger" attack.

An unscrupulous individual who has access to your profile will create a copy of it. Same name, same picture, same details. Very easy to do. They then send friend requests to your existing friends. Many will just accept it, particularly if they are distant friends, like members of a sporting group or something. The criminal can then send abuse, ask for money or whatever using the Doppelganger account, or just use it to spawn other doppelgangers, until they hit a celebrity or something else of interest.

Only real defence is vigilant users; make sure before you agree to a request that it is really from the person represented. Facebook are quite responsive if you report a doppelganger, they get removed quickly.


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