As we sit down to write this piece, the people in the cyber city Bangalore are panicking.
Over two lakh people in the city woke up to a rude shock yesterday morning. Their Facebook accounts had been hacked with links to their morphed pornographic pictures being shown in the news feed of their friends.
According to a news report in the Mid Day newspaper, over two lakh Facebook users in Bangalore had their accounts hacked. The city’s cybercrime department went abuzz with calls reporting this mass hack. Reports have also poured in that many users are planning to quit Facebook forever after being embarrassed before their friends and family.
People reported that friends are seeing links posted by them and clicking on them leads to porn websites on which the victims’ faces can be seen morphed and pasted into the body of a porn star. As expected, people are finding this simply outrageous and many of them have vowed to quit Facebook forever.
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These are the three links which caused much of the spam menace in Banagalore: a) ‘Bangalore police: Party till the wee hours, 11.30 PM ban lifted’ b) ‘Date a stripper in Bangalore’ and c) a link about a popular sandalwood actress being raped and murdered. People clicking on these links were directed to porn sites and links and torrents from such sites are sent to the news feed of their friends.
According to news reports in the world media, over 60 lakh Facebook accounts have been hacked since Sunday night. According to a report by the international business wire Bloomberg, Facebook claimed that it had identified the perpetrators of this nuisance and its legal team is contemplating strict action against them. For the last few days, news feed of many users is being bombarded with porn, pictures of extreme violence and fake images of celebrities like Justin Beiber in sexual situations. “Protecting the people who use Facebook from spam and malicious content is a top priority for us,” the guys at Facebook said in a statement. The company also claims that it has been successful in limiting the damage caused by this spam attack that took advantage of a browser vulnerability.
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The recent hack attack on Facebook has again raised questions over the safety of the users, and more so on the security of people’s identities in the virtual world. Cyber experts believe that Facebook still needs to do a lot more to consolidate its security and privacy features. They are debating if this will mark the downfall of the social networking giant. Remember how Orkut fell in the same fashion when it was subject to mass hacking even before Facebook became popular?
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Entrance to Facebook’s current headquarters in the Stanford Research Park, Palo Alto, California.
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