Facebook Hacking and the Value of Social Currency

Bring it

So this weekend just gone was an interesting one.

On Saturday afternoon, I went furniture shopping with my wife and kids, and then we went for dinner. When I got home, I came back to a whole bunch of emails and Facebook alerts, asking me what was up.

Because, while I had been with my family, my Facebook account was hacked into, and the person responsible had some fun acting as me while I wasn’t around.

When I say fun, though, I mean they acted like an asshole and said some very hurtful and potentially damaging things about me, my friends, and the company I work for.

Two of the public updates that brought the email questions were “Are you hiring?”, insinuating that I was disillusioned at Jugnoo – which couldn’t be further from the truth – and “What do you really think of me?” as a “marketing experiment”.

I deleted these posts – yes, I should have just hidden from Timeline and used them to work with Facebook on catching the person responsible – and then started going through the alerts to see what had been done.

But that was just the start.

The Cowardice of the Asshole

As I dug further into the mess this asshole had created, I found that he (or she, but I have my hunches) had not only said hurtful things publicly, but had initiated a few private messages between “me” and a few of my Facebook friends.

In these messages, the person had stated lie after lie after lie. Things about Jugnoo, my current personal life, and more. They had even gotten my friends to open up about some of their personal life as well.

Like I said on Facebook, this person is a completely immoral asshole. And a coward.

He (I’m going to continue to use “he” here, though it may be a “she”) played with my family, by saying my amazing wife Jacki had an affair with a colleague at Jugnoo, and this was leading to us getting divorced.

He was also concerned about my son, now that Jacki and I wouldn’t be together (another mistake – I have two beautiful children and my daughter is just as precious to me).

So, essentially, this asshole was calling out my wife – the term “whore” was actually used – as well as accusing her of not being a good mother? Game on, shitdiot.

As I mentioned on Facebook, I’m big and ugly enough to come after and say what you want about me when you want to try and damage me personally and professionally. But going after my family and using them to get my friends to open up on their emotions too?

That just makes you a pathetic loser and coward. Sadly for you, it didn’t work.

The Value of Social Currency

One of the things I’ve always said, both here on the blog and when I’ve either been consulting with or training folks on social media, is to be yourself. Truly be yourself.

It may not always win you the popularity vote, but it does make one thing crystal clear – you get known for who you are, what you believe in and how you say things.

Never was this more true than when all this crap was going down last night.

My Facebook friends were railing around, with the vast majority saying they had doubts as soon as the crap started. Language uses, shorthand, letter cases, etc – none of them seemed to tally with how I normally speak, and in what tone.

Adam V on FB

Even if I had been drunk and was going on a rant – which some friends had asked, haha, cheers! – I’m sensible enough to not be online. Instead, you’d find me playing FIFA on Xbox and then falling asleep!

Being online is no different from being offline (with the exception of reach) – how you are and how you interact with people defines you, and paints a clear picture of you as a person.

I’m truly thankful and humbled that my friends realized the hacker was not me, and could see the difference between me and “not-me”.

It makes crap like this more bearable while going through the process of sorting it out, as well as helps combat the negativity that could have arose had these updates been believed.

If ever you need a reason to be you and your true self online, my experience this weekend should be a pointer.

Don’t Let The Bastard(s) Win

Of course, that still leaves the issue of the hacker in question. And what an idiot this person has turned out to be.

Going after me personally is one thing. The reason for the personal grudge, if that’s what it is, I don’t know. Like I said earlier, I have a hunch on who it may have been, given the people he spoke with and what was said.

But this idiot didn’t stop there – mistake.

He also tried to infer that the company I work for, Jugnoo, is having issues and that because of that, I wanted to leave (and, for the record, this is so far from the truth it made me laugh just typing it!).

When you state public things about a company, and these things could be damaging to that company’s public image? You’ve just opened yourself up to a whole new level of legal action.

While you might have thought it’d be fun to try and damage my personal and professional reputation, the game changes when you publicly involve a company. Something the hacker will no doubt find out soon…

My recommendation? Don’t take stuff like this lying down – fight back and work with the network or platform in question and make sure they don’t get away with it, where possible.

On that note, I’d just like to say I’m incredibly grateful for the support Jugnoo’s executive team gave me on Saturday night when I brought this to their attention (and are still giving me). That level of backing just adds to the hilarity of the “I’m unhappy at Jugnoo” statement made by the hacker.

Keep Yourself Safe

What this whole process has shown me is that we’re always vulnerable online. I consider myself to be a veteran in this space, and as such take a lot of measures to make my accounts secure.

But, as shown here, sometimes it may not be enough. The hacker seems to have known enough personal information about me to bypass my security levels, and that’s how they accessed Facebook (this is my guess, and not confirmed by Facebook yet).

So if someone who is very active in this space can be caught out, it shows the dangers for all of us.

To avoid this, make sure you have your accounts locked down as tight as they can be. On Facebook, for example, go into your Account Settings and make sure Secure Browsing is enabled; Login Notifications are enabled; and Login Approvals are enabled.

Security Settings

These steps will ensure you’re alerted when someone tries to access your account from a non-recognized source.

Changing your main email for alerts is also recommended, and don’t share that information with anyone. Do the same with any networks or public platforms you’re a part of – use their Help Desks if unsure of the process.

As this weekend has shown to me, we’re all at risk from idiots wanting our private information, or assholes trying to damage our reputation. Don’t make it easy for them.

As for the idiot that hacked me? I hope you’re reading this, since you left a pretty big trail to follow – watch your back, because the legal stuff will be starting soon…

And to my friends and colleagues that have supported me immensely in the 24 hours or so, I truly am grateful. Thank you.

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  1. says

    A few years ago, my email & Facebook were hacked. It was the scam where the person claims you’re trapped in a foreign country and can’t use your phone but need $500 wired right away. 
     
    Thankfully, my friends were smart enough to recognize this wasn’t me and no one was “harmed” by the incident (although it took me nearly two weeks to get control back of all the accounts the person messed with). 
     
    I’m sorry that your situation was more insidious and obviously meant to cause you some sort of personal harm. 

    • says

       @sue_anne Oh, I’ve seen that a few times this year, Sue Anne – it must be one of these evergreen spam emails that does the rounds!
       
      Whoever hacked me definitely wanted to damage reputation – which is why it’s being followed up to the fullest.
       
      Thanks, miss!

  2. Neicolec says

    So sorry to hear about this, Danny. But (as you know that I know) the benefit of a crisis and asshole manipulation is the heartwarming and amazing support you find from friends. Silver lining there. Hope the coming weeks go better!

    • says

       @Neicolec Agreed, miss. It reminds me of the time the 12for12k project came under attack from a non-profit consultant, and how the community railed there. Who said we’re not building meaningful relationships online?

  3. Laura Ruby Alisanne says

    Great post Danny.
    I hope you give that hacker hell.
    It just boggles my mind that some people spend their precious waking hours in the pursuit of causing damage.
    What teeny tiny lives. What a waste of life force.
    Good luck, and thanks for the reminder to tighten down the security of our online accounts.

  4. says

    So sorry about what happened. But then friends are wonderful and they know you when things go a little crazy. My gmail account was hacked once and some very offensive emails were sent out. I remember getting a call from my friend saying this “Your email is hacked, I got a crazy email. I know you are crazy; but this is not you-crazy”!
     
    Off to make some changes in the security settings of FB!

    • says

       @Hajra  Haha, it reminds me of the comment my friend Justin Whitaker made to me on Facebook, to the tune of “how would I know, you’re like that to me all the time.” Friends, eh? 😉

  5. says

    I’m so sorry about what happened Danny. I hope this asshat gets prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I’m glad Facebook is helping as well!
     
    Sadly, I got pulled into this hack’s game and talked to him or her at length. I was pretty stupid not to realize it was hack at first – i blame the pregnancy hormones and the blonde hair! In the end, I should have realized it wasn’t you. Like you said, this loser definitely didn’t write like you, act like you, etc. Lesson learned! 
     
    You’re amazing Danny, and from last night, you know you have a huge crew of people behind you! We love you :)

    • says

       @samtaracollier Thank you so much for sharing that conversation with me, Samantha – Facebook can use it along with the others I passed along to narrow down the results for the way the account was accessed, and by who.
       
      Really appreciate your support and sorry you got dragged in by this asshat.

  6. says

    Hey Danny, Having been on the receiving end of some of this, it made me pause and think. In some cases, I can see why people get suckered in, at least at first. Because this guy (or girl—not trying to do gender stereotyping here), started off with messages that didn’t immediately put a red flag up. But then it just progressively got worse. And when he didn’t use my name, although you clearly know my name, that’s where it started getting weird. 
     
    I think (s)he has taken this to an entirely different level, not only impersonating you, but trying to damage/ruin your reputation, Jacki’s and your employer’s. I am so happy to hear that you are not going to let this go. Just wondering, in the the Wild Wild West that is the internet, what laws are on the books about this kind of thing. You have an amazing set of friends who have 150% trust in you, so I guess they didn’t realize who they were messing with. Gigantic social media lesson for us all. Thanks for sharing here. 

    • says

       @JudyDunn Hi miss,
       
      I was speaking with Bob Dunn and heard some of the nasty stuff that was said to him. I wonder what kind of person even thinks of doing that, never mind actually goes ahead and does it?
       
      There’s an interesting law called Personation with Intent here in Canada (thanks to punchmediadotca for the heads up on that) – there must be more like them. Time to do some legal digging, methinks.

  7. says

    Hi Danny,
     
    It never ceases to amaze me the lengths some will go to wreak havoc in other’s lives.  Such personal attacks though, man. Creepy and cowardly.
     
    This is definitely a lesson for us all, so thanks for sharing. And glad you are going after this person and not letting it go.

    • says

       @Craig McBreen Agreed, mate. Fine, if you have a grudge against me, go for it. Trash talk my wife, bring my family and and take advantage of friends? That’s not brave, that’s lacking balls and more. Creep indeed.

    • says

       @Julie | A Clear Sign If you think about it, Julie, I guess it can be seen as industrial espionage – and that’s not a good thing to be found guilty of at all…

  8. says

    Man that sucks! But thanks for the post, Danny. It’s easy to get complacent if nothing has happened to you. I did just go try to turn on login authorization on Facebook though and it’s fubar. Kept spitting out an error (with no detailed error message) and not letting me save the info. Really tired of Facebook’s incompetent programmers. Guess I’ll just try again later. 

    • says

      Sorry to hear that, Sherry – thinking back, it did that to me as well last night as I made sure all my account info was locked down. Hopefully you get it sorted – it would appear anndouglas had a scary moment too when she saw her account had been accessed from two strange cities…

  9. says

    Danny, I am so sorry this happened to you, and I’m incensed that someone would do this to anyone. I hope this idiot gets caught, prosecuted and publicly outed for being the ass he or she obviously is. Love and hugs to you and your family.

    • says

      Thanks, miss – the biggest part that pissed me off is going after other people apart from me, and playing with their emotions. You have to be a bit twisted in the head to do that.

  10. dariasteigman says

    Hi Danny,
     
    Your key point is “social currency” It’s about being “you” and being generally consistent about what you do and don’t share, but it’s also (most important) about reputation. If you have a good one, people will think you’ve either gone off the deep end or have been hacked. Sorry you had to deal with this, but appreciate that you’re sharing the lessons learned so quickly. I’ve gone in and tweaked my security settings (though I still need to do the phone part).

    • says

       @dariasteigman Hi Daria,
       
      In a bizarre way, it’s nice to see vindication of the belief you need to be yourself at all times online. This was proven here for sure, with such a jarring difference in me and the other “me” and our conversations. Glad the post helped remind to set up extra security.

  11. ThePaulSutton says

    I’ve got to say, Danny, if I was this joker I’d be shitting bricks right about now. I’m not normally one for name and shaming, but in this instance, fuck it. Name…shame…sue…

  12. says

    Folks read this article so you know what to do if this every happens to you. Danny, I am so sorry. You can read my comments on your FB timeline (under Daria’s post) and on Jacki’s timeline. This is beyond some sick joke by some idiot with too much free time on their hands. Totally senseless.Also, can’t change some of the settings-definite fubar w/FB & Google Chrome. I know you will keep us posted. Good luck and take care!

    • says

       @LizIsaacs Thanks, Liz, appreciate the support and the kind words over at Jacki’s FB wall. And yes, if people are struggling to change their FB settings, that’s pretty messed up – hopefully that’s just a glitch.

      • says

         @Danny Brown Thanks…have posted on some of my other networks. You’re most welcome dear!   We’re in this together. BTW the Post to FB & Twitter buttons below may need checking out had –had to post separately. Also, tried posting on G+ both from here and there and it wouldn’t let me mention you in the copy only at the bottom. Don’t know if you other networks have been compromised. 

        • says

           @LizIsaacs Hi Liz – is that from livefyre or from the sharing buttons at the end of the post? i deleted my G+ account so that would account for that, but there have been some glitches with Livefyre as their new version rolls out, may be something to do with that?

        • says

           @Danny Brown  livefyre  from at the bottom via livefyre.  The issue with G+ is both here on livefyre and on G+. That was my next question , if you had deleted your account and why I couldn’t +you in the dialogue box. Could add you with who I wanted to see it Public, extended circles etc. You did answer my question. 

  13. modlandUSA says

    Thanks goodness that your friends are folks that know you well enough to recognize that it wasn’t you! And yes, I agree that the security questions should be very well chosen. It’s a shame that someone would do this and your hunches that it is someone you know are likely correct. Good luck with all this!

    • says

       @modlandUSA That’s definitely been one of the more positive aspects, knowing that my friends pretty soon had an idea something wasn’t as it seemed. Can’t ask for much more than that!

  14. says

    This whole thing was so odd as it was going down, I sure hope you figure it out and get some closure and satisfaction out of nailing him/her. So sorry this had to happen to you.

  15. Danny Brown says

    Thanks, Laura, and agree – the person involved must have a sad life to want to impersonate someone else’s. I’m just glad it was caught before more people were potentially hurt.

  16. Troy Claus says

    Hey Mate, long time no chat. I heard about this last night, that sucks! I hope you catch the guy (or girl), they certainly deserve what’s coming. All the best, Cheers!

  17. juliepippert says

    Danny, excellent advice and points here. So very sorry you had to make them. Very upsetting. I wish you , your family and business the best.

  18. says

    So sorry to read this and as I scroll down the comments I hope you may take some solace in knowing you have an army of social media fans at your back. I am certain they (I) would be jump at the opportunity for any call to action you requested.  

    • says

       @annelizhannan That’s been the very bright spark in all of this, Anneliz – the support and messages of “if there’s anything I can do…” show me what an amazing space we live in here. Thank you. :)

  19. rdopping says

    Geez Danny. WTF? I read this with amazement. How is this possible? I am like many poking fun at lots of people bury that kind of shite is inexcusable. I have not yet to experience something like that and hope I never will. You, my friend, of all people do not deserve something like this.

    I am so sorry and hope whomever it was gets their “just desserts”.

    • says

       @rdopping At first I thought it might be someone from Klout, peed off at all the “press” they get here… 😉
       
      Facebook has received a lot of information, thanks to my friends, so here’s hoping, sir.

  20. geoffliving says

    What a nightmare, Danny.I am so sorry you handled it, and that of all people, it was you. You are a courageous man who stands in the face of such bullying. Stay cool.

  21. says

    I don’t have too much to add to what everyone else has said, but it will be fascinating to see how this plays out. That someone thought they could get away with such blatant hacking is unbelievable. What else I find interesting is that despite all we say about Facebook and privacy settings, they really do make security settings available that can make it, if not impossible, extremely difficult for something like this to happen again. I have text notifications set up so if someone signs onto my FB from a new device, I am alerted. But I think I’ll take the extra step to have the permission required.

    • says

       @AmyVernon It was interesting last night – as I was talking with Facebook, the hacker tried to compromise my account again, and I was alerted immediately. Same this morning. And the best thing? IPs are identified along with access platform and location every time. Oh dear… 😉

  22. margieclayman says

    On the plus side, Danny, I think you could start a Twitter account – @PodDanny. Just to make light of it.
     
    I didn’t know that the person had gone THAT far in personal messages. That is beyond disgusting. Big hugs to you and Jacki. I don’t know how that jerk is going to sleep at night. That is so far overboard I can’t even describe it. 

    • says

       @margieclayman Oh yeah – some of the messaging was pretty coarse, to say the least. Big brave person, attacking a woman’s name like that and bringing a child into the mix…

  23. says

    So…you’re NOT leaving Jugnoo? Well…that makes my sending a resume somewhat awkward, then. 😉
     
    Seriously though, I think you’ve handled this exactly how it needed to be handled @Danny Brown . I can’t imagine the emotional, not to mention legal, roller coaster you’ve been experiencing. Best of luck, and as you say, being yourself is often the best way to build your social capital. If you’re good to people, people are good to you.
     

    • says

       @MattLaCasse I’ll be looking for it in the morning. :)
       
      Ideal scenario? The wanker gets caught and prosecuted. Just as good scenario? This example helps others avoid the same by locking down their accounts.
       
      Cheers, mate, appreciate the support!

  24. says

    Yikes. What’s really interesting about this hacker from most is that it sounds like they actually know you and have been following you online. Not to be Mr. Worry Wart, but definitely make sure your other accounts, including your blog, is locked down tight. Anyways, glad you were able to clear things up!

  25. Kimberly LeRiche says

    I watched in amazement as the whole thing played out and from the start, it never seemed like it was you. I hope they get prosecuted to the fullest extent!

  26. Ldillonschalk says

    I was pretty surprised at your fake post last night.  Was gonna pull you aside this week to give some momma advice.  But the more I read, the less I could hear that accent.  Whoever he is, he doesn’t talk like you.   Persecute to the fullest – I hope the IP addresses give some identification.
     
    I always try to remember what aspects of my life are posted online.  It is very easy to build profiles of people and that ‘friends’ pretending to be ‘friends’ is an easier practice today.  The idea of identifying ‘influencers’ (and I’m not talking about klout.. god help me if I did on this blog) and building relationships with them is just on the clean side of the fence really…   
     
    Anyhow – glad to see you are not trolling for a new job on social media without your employer knowing.. 

    • says

       @Ldillonschalk I type in Scottish?? :)
       
      It’s funny – only a true idiot would post online about looking for a new job while still employed, and make it as public a forum as Facebook. Trust me to get the world’s dumbest hacker…

  27. Ldillonschalk says

    Also – connecting to an unsecure wifi network is pretty dangerous these days.  A hacker sets it up with a strong signal waiting for users to use the free wifi signal.  It then is able to scrape personal data.  .. 

  28. says

    Danny, I was online for a bit of this last night and knew something was odd when “your” status update suggested you were looking for a new job. It didn’t sound like your voice and you’re much smarter than to publicly look for a job when you’re gainfully employed. I didn’t stick around enough to see how ugly and bizzarre the dialogue became or I probably would have put two and two together. 
     
    I’m sorry you had to go through this and the coward had the tenacity to drag your family into the discussion. As someone who has experienced trolling, I know it’s not fun being attacked online. Glad you were able to resolve thing relatively quickly.  
     
    Please keep us posted on what ensues and take care. You obviously weren’t able to enjoy your weekend and no doubt have a busy work week ahead at Jugnoo.

    • says

       @EdenSpodek Where I feel really bad is the nasty things that were said to friends of mine, like Will Parsons and his lovely wife, when they should have been enjoying their honeymoon as newlyweds, or Kapil Apshankar and the racist comment left on his wall.
       
      That shows a person that is lacking in so much, and wanted to cause as much damage as possible. Hence the reason I want to pursue this, and hopefully decloak the ass and make him/her face the people they attacked.
       
      Thanks, miss – look forward to seeing you in about 10 days time. :)

  29. JanMinihane says

    Just horrid for you Danny – bizarrely quite a compliment that some idiot out there is so jealous of your well built reputation that their only form of attack is (very poor quality) hacking.
     
    As you say a timely reminder to everyone to recheck those privacy settings – I truly hope you are able to track this person down and sue the lifeblood out of them.
     
    Good luck and stay strong :-)

    • says

       @JanMinihane You’d think they would have picked on a less savvy social media person, then they could have had more “fun”. Guess that’s what happens when you’re a dumbass…
       
      Thanks, miss!

  30. says

    So sorry to hear the problems you’ve had. It’s frustrating to say the least as well as the lost time and energy in resolving the matter.

    Sadly we’ve seen an increase in this form of localised hacking with people who’ve come to us, which is why, as ex cops a trained investigators, we’re now on a crusade to educate and train people to become social media detectives and take the evidence to the platforms – in the hope it will speed up their response.

    I’ve seen a change in the mindset of hackers and hope through your articulate blog and network others will learn from your unfortunate experience to protect themselves. There are more tips on boosting your e-security on our blog page at eTreble9.com. Thanks for sharing your experience

  31. says

    When I saw this unfolding, it became apparent really quickly it wasn’t you. The person was using all caps, the spelling was horrendous, and he wasn’t using punctuation.  I also know you well enough to know, if you were unhappy in your job, you wouldn’t post it publicly on Facebook.  I’m so sorry the person did enough damage that you had to apologize to your friends. But most of us knew it wasn’t you.

  32. says

    Very sorry you had to go through this, Danny. You and Jacki are the last people on earth who deserve anything of the sort. (Not that anyone deserves anything like this, but you know where I’m going with that.) You’ve got karma on your side in this case and if I were that person, I’d be nervous.
     
    GO GET ‘EM, DANNY!!!!

    • says

       @ChristineBuffaloe Cheers, Christine. That’s definitely a way to get around it – just wonder how many people would do that for a personal profile? I think that’s where Facebook and other networks need to make their support networks easier and more effective.

      • says

        I agree. They make it darn near impossible. It’s all done through contact pages. The hackers were trying to extract monies from her friends. It can be your reputation, money or anything.

  33. says

    I’m sorry I wasn’t connected last night to lend you further support. I am just stupid with disbelief that this happened, Danny, and I am sorry for the blatant attack on you, your wife and family. We know you as a pillar in our community; so glad your true friends saw through that cowardly nightmare. Sometimes it’s hard to know which pathway is right — to open your life for others to abuse, or shut it back down when jealous shitdiots (great word) attack anonymously.

    • says

       @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing Thanks, miss. I think that’s what really pissed me off the most – the attacks on anyone and everyone, not just me. That’s just lowlife scum right there.

  34. says

    Hi, I subscribe to your posts, but this is the first time I’m commenting. It’s frightening how easy it seems for scammers, spammers, and unethical individuals to play havoc with our social accounts and connections. I hope you ‘get’ this guy/gal. I look forward to the follow-up.
     
    I try my best to take precautions about internet safety, but personal information is just so easily available. For all the internet’s benefits, there are some wicked drawbacks.

    • says

       @Karen Cioffi That’s the thing, sadly – there will always be people that know just enough about you to make shit like this happen. We just have to try make it as hard as we can for them to do so.

  35. says

    Sorry to hear about this Danny. It’s crazy that someone thought they could get away with it, not to mention being low enough to do it at all. Glad you were able to bounce back quickly.

  36. Janis La Couvée says

    So sorry to hear about this. Am now investigating why my log-in authentication (two-step) is no longer working…. I think you can’t have both “private browsing” and the FB authentication…. Bummer.

  37. says

    I’m sorry you had to go through this Danny.
     
    It comes with the territory though. You need to be prepared and just stand in the comfort and strength of your family.
     
    It’s lonely at the top and can be very f–ked up at times.
     
    People will always be coming to knock you out of the position you’ve worked hard for and earned. Always.
     
    I don’t have clue what the details are Danny… maybe I shouldn’t speculate… just sayin.

  38. christammiller says

    @areallycooldad Stolen ID that was easier to spot b/c the tone & syntax were so markedly diff’t from the real person’s – that was my point.

    • AReallyCoolDad says

      @christammiller Yes. I agree w/ you. When people notice you’re acting out of character, you have established valuable authentic behaviour.

  39. says

    As I was reading this, I could feel my blood pressure rising, my face getting red, and then (when I got the part about your wife) actually physically shuddered. My heart goes out to you and your family! How AWFUL!! Hang tough–I know you will. 

  40. says

    I’m so sorry to hear that you and your family were attacked Danny. Three cheers for your friends and colleagues for rallying around you with support and concern. I hope that this person is held accountable for their actions. Your point about being true to yourself is even more poignant in the case of identity theft on social media networks. Thank you for taking the time to share your story during a time of vulnerability. 

    • says

       @meghankrane You know what’s stood out the most, Meghan, and has been truly great to see? How this “not real life” space that we play in has some of the most real people around. Cheers!

  41. says

    This is beyond crazy and I hope you and Facebook find who did this, so they can be held accountable. It’s one of the trolling, hating behaviors that most of us just can’t fathom or comprehend. Very sorry this happened – now off to check my FB settings. FWIW.

    • says

       @3HatsComm Both the police and Facebook are on it, Davina, along with the information I gave them and the name of the person I suspect. Here’s to a reasonably swift resolution.

  42. wonderwall7 says

    I can’t believed this happened to you! I hope everything got straightened out. Thanks for all that you do. -Kelsey from StorageAuction_ 

  43. says

    Well that sucks more then anything else has ever sucked before …. so sorry to hear this happened to you. Sounds like you know who did this and I hope you catch the idiot. And when the legal system comes after him, he’s gonna wish he hadn’t messed with you and your family (said in my best Godfather voice).

  44. BSWP says

    Oh my goodness, this happened to me. It was 10pm at night, I was just dozing off in bed, when I heard a shriek from my 16 year old daughter and she yelled “Mum! I’m being hacked!” ‘She’ (or the person logged on as her) had said some really offensive things to people online, making offensive comments on their photos etc to people at her school she barely knew, which caused all their friends to turn on my daughter immediately, and she was mortified. I immediately went online and contacted those people and told them she was being hacked, then that same person started impersonating me. We logged out and changed our passwords, it made no difference, the person was apparently hacking our wifi and was hacking our fb via firesheep or something we found out later. It turns out they stole 10gb of our wifi that day downloading god knows what, could’ve been child porn, all under our accounts. The police couldn’t help and Facebook were absolutely no help whatsoever, couldn’t even get hold of anyone, and I was so humiliated that I deleted my 135 friends, a lot of whom witnessed the peurile and perverted comments whoever it was was making on my own fb wall under my name. That same day, I had been in my web host manager, and strangely a client’s whole site was deleted (not sure if it was the hacker but it wasn’t me), which I had to try and restore, and as her designer had not set up auto back ups, I had to set the site up again from scratch since it was my responsibility that it went down as the server manager, I’m talking installing joomla, installing the theme and then putting in all the content. That was several months ago and I still feel paranoid going online, despite firewalls and new modem and goodness knows what other security settings have been set up, including on our gmail, thank goodness that wasn’t got into, but strangely that afternoon I kept getting gmail verification codes texted to me, so maybe they were trying to get in. What a nightmare. I hope you catch up with whoever hacked your account and throw the book at him from all of us.

  45. BSWP says

    Oh my goodness, this happened to me. It was 10pm at night, I was just dozing off in bed, when I heard a shriek from my 16 year old daughter and she yelled “Mum! I’m being hacked!” ‘She’ (or the person logged on as her) had said some really offensive things to people online, making offensive comments on their photos etc to people at her school she barely knew, which caused all their friends to turn on my daughter immediately, and she was mortified. I immediately went online and contacted those people and told them she was being hacked, then that same person started impersonating me. We logged out and changed our passwords, it made no difference, the person was apparently hacking our wifi and was hacking our fb via firesheep or something we found out later. It turns out they stole 10gb of our wifi that day downloading god knows what, could’ve been child porn, all under our accounts. The police couldn’t help and Facebook were absolutely no help whatsoever, couldn’t even get hold of anyone, and I was so humiliated that I deleted my 135 friends, a lot of whom witnessed the peurile and perverted comments whoever it was was making on my own fb wall under my name. That same day, I had been in my web host manager, and strangely a client’s whole site was deleted (not sure if it was the hacker but it wasn’t me), which I had to try and restore, and as her designer had not set up auto back ups, I had to set the site up again from scratch since it was my responsibility that it went down as the server manager, I’m talking installing joomla, installing the theme and then putting in all the content. That was several months ago and I still feel paranoid going online, despite firewalls and new modem and goodness knows what other security settings have been set up, including on our gmail, thank goodness that wasn’t got into, but strangely that afternoon I kept getting gmail verification codes texted to me, so maybe they were trying to get in. What a nightmare. I hope you catch up with whoever hacked your account and throw the book at him from all of us.

  46. BSWP says

    Oh yes, and I forgot to mention, that I even had a conversation with the hacker, as if it was myself talking to myself on my fb wall, except he was the one with really bad grammar and lots of bad language. He/she was pretty convinced that I’d never find out who they were. Sadly, they were right. I hope you have better luck, Danny. I know I can’t blame facebook, but I’ve hated them ever since, because I feel that they would be key to me catching this person, and they were no help at all. There was simply no real person from there I could contact, just ridiculous questions and answers, none of which applied to my situation.

  47. BSWP says

    Oh yes, and I forgot to mention, that I even had a conversation with the hacker, as if it was myself talking to myself on my fb wall, except he was the one with really bad grammar and lots of bad language. He/she was pretty convinced that I’d never find out who they were. Sadly, they were right. I hope you have better luck, Danny. I know I can’t blame facebook, but I’ve hated them ever since, because I feel that they would be key to me catching this person, and they were no help at all. There was simply no real person from there I could contact, just ridiculous questions and answers, none of which applied to my situation.

    • says

      Hi,

      My apologies for missing your original comment – I was using a different commenting system when you originally posted (Disqus, I think), as I’ve been experimenting on which platform to use. Because of this, I’ve probably missed a few comments across different posts – as you can see from this thread and my other posts, I’m one of the more active bloggers when it comes to replying to comments left here.

      I’m sorry you felt I hadn’t taken your comment seriously, and thank you for being here until then.

      With regards your personal example, it’s true – Facebook aren’t the easiest to get in touch with, and they’re even less willing to disclose information unless you make it a legal case first (I involved both the police and a lawyer for my example).

      Couldn’t your web host help you? They must have a trackback option to see where the source of the hack originated, and that might be the first steps in tracking down your hacker?

      Again, sorry I missed this first time around.

  48. I dont want to say says

    hey… now i was thinking of hacking a persons facebook, but only because i hated what he did to me -creeper- now i dont want to mess with his life only to show him that he needs to be careful with how he talks to people… I want it to be a in once and out kind of thing… i dont want to ruin his life because i got better things to do but i just want to teach him a lesson… reply to this anyone and tell me if i should hack his account and only do something small and not a big deal -nothing that will ruin his life- plz reply

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