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Old 30 December 2012, 02:14 PM
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Icon18 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
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Old 30 December 2012, 02:52 PM
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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.
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Old 30 December 2012, 03:22 PM
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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.
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Old 30 December 2012, 08:57 PM
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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.
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Old 30 December 2012, 10:30 PM
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When I see this thread title, I keep thinking "They're practicing law without a license."
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Old 31 December 2012, 02:09 AM
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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.
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Old 31 December 2012, 05:48 AM
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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.
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Old 31 December 2012, 01:31 PM
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My response to all those people: Password protect your phone already.

They never do.
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Old 31 December 2012, 03:46 PM
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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.
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Old 31 December 2012, 05:05 PM
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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 .
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Old 31 December 2012, 11:40 PM
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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when i was back hoe last week, i spent a lot of my free time removing stale apps from my families facebook pages.


~Psihala
(*Had no idea getting rid of Facebook apps required this kind of equipment.)
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when i was back hoe last week,
So what kind of earth moving equipment are you this week.
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When I see this thread title, I keep thinking "They're practicing law without a license."
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