FACEBOOK Challenges - Hacking and Phishing

Protect yourself and PC from malicious attacks

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Many of my friends on Facebook reported me yesterday that they received from me the messages with malicious link, that I did not send. Well, somebody hacked my account, used Facebook Mobile feature and happily was sending around Facebook short messages ("Hi, how are you?" or "I have reason to congratulate you" with link(s) that is (are) leading to the page(s) where viruses might be installed on PC. This can happen to everyone, so please get informed how to recognize the symptoms of misusing your Facebook account.

How this all started? Symptomes I noticed were:

  • I suddenly found in my e-mail box several messages from Facebook, where people were telling me something like "Thank you Tatjana, I am well, but....and....and then I will......" This was very strange. I do not spend a lot of time on Facebook, so this was unusual excess of my FB popularity.
  • After that, one my ex client, chose the opportunity to ask me to "check her with pendulum". This was even more strange, because we were not in contact for almost 6 months, and without "hello" or "happy new year" I just found her message about checking her state. Weird. (Unfortunately, I am used that some people do not have habbit of asking healer "how are you" before starting to talk about their problems, and this made me a little bit angry on her lack of basic "politeness")
  • After that, one my friend from whom I am intentionally hidding on FB, because she would like to pointlessly chat for hours (!) for what I do not have time, suddenly started to send me bunch of long, messages through my FB chat box...very happy because I contacted her, what I would never, never do. This was definitely sign of alarm for me. I did not bother to answer her, because she would never let me go, immediately closed chat box, and checked all the messages from Facebook friends I received again.

It was obvious that my profile was sending around the Facebook mobile messages (despite the fact that in Croatia WE CANNOT USE FACEBOOK MOBILE feature) without my knowledge. On the walls of my friend, it was MY MESSAGE at first, usually with "how are u" question and link- that I never send.

My FB account was under attack. Messages activated even when I made new Facebook friendship with one FB user. He also got "How are you" message with malicious link from my hacker.

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What to do when your Facebook account is hacked

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When I discovered that my FB account has been attacked, I did the following:

  • I was for 3 hours busy explaining people that that was not me sending links around. The good thing is that majority of people who know me also know that is not my habit to send around "how are you" messages, so many people checked with me what was all about at first. Some others later on, after checking the link.
  • I put announcement on my Facebook Wall and send message to my friends that somebody was misusing my profile through the FB mobile feature (I hope that all people read that)
  • I reported problem to Facebook team (press "help" on profile page, then choose "security", there you will find solutions for your issue)
  • On Facebook security page, there is very many similar cases reported, so nothing new on horizon, my case is not special at all
  • I changed my Facebook password as well as my e-mail password and also deleted every possibility for connection to FB through my e-mail account.
  • I have found out that one my friend experienced recently that his FB profile was completely stolen from the hackers, he cannot access it any more because his password was changed, so I immediately deleted his profile. On that way I blocked access of his hackers on the list of my friends. It is very possible that the hackers are same in both cases.
  • I cleaned my PC, just in case. Did not find Troyans, neither viruses: only cookies.

On Facebook hacking and phishing is very common thing, and I am very surprised that I something could not do :

  • I could not block Facebook Mobile option , although we cannot use it in Croatia. Apparently hacker was sending his mobile messages from other part of the world. None of Facebook users cannot block this option, even if we never intent to use it (neither can, like in my case) . This is very vulnerable option in FB account, because without feedback of my friends, I would never find out what is hacker doing in my name. Facebook Mobile messages are not registered on the wall of the person who is sending them, so hacker can work completely "under the cover".

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Why are hackers and malisious links so dangerous

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The point of such attack is, when you go to the pages where malicious links lead you, they offer you programs which can be harmful for your PC: viruses, spywares, Trojans.

The most dangerous are certainly Trojans.

Trojans are closely related to computer viruses, but they are not viruses because they do not replicate. Viruses directly harm your computer, and you very quickly become aware of them. Trojans can be even more dangerous then viruses. Trojan horse sits on your PC and waits quietly to be triggered by a malicious user on the Internet. The purpose of Trojan is to let the Trojan master (hacker) take control of your computer. Trojans try to stay hidden so the hacker can continue to have control. Trojans usually do their damage silently.

Trojans can spy on your Internet actions or steal passwords, Internet banking details and other valuable information from your computer.
Trojans can be also used to destroy any or all of the files on your hard drive. Hackers often use a Trojan to turn a computer into a zombie, and then use it to attack other computers on the Internet.
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Nowadays all of us spend a lot of time on virtual world of Internet. We cannot live without it, many of us earn money online. This world can be peaceful and cooperative, but is also very often wild jungle where human "tigers" and "lions" attack without mercy. Because of money.

Social pages are good for communication, connecting people and marketing - but are certainly very vunerable place for terrorism of hackers. As you can see, your or your friend´s identity can be stolen - temporary or permanently.

Protect yourself with common sense and your PC with high level of security.

And enjoy being online.

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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina

Very good article on hacking, how it is done and how to handle the issue if it shows up. I hope my quick response to the message I received helped to tip you off to warn others as I quickly say your wall post warning others. I as well as everyone else I am sure knew that such a message would not come from you.

Thanks for the tips for the warning signs leading up to such an event and for the "cures" available for immediately repairing hacker damage.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much, Emohealer,...yes you helped me, thank you, and I am especially happy when I see that people are cautious about unusual happenings.

Thank you for the help, visit and comment.

It was also good that I was online, at the time when attacked happened, here was almost midnight.


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nextstopjupiter 6 years ago from here, there and everywhere

When I got your "message" yesterday, I immediately deleted it because I had the feeling that something was wrong. Some weeks ago a similar story happened with another facebook/HubPages friend, so I was warned. Thank you for this hub and the useful informations!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, Nextofjupiter, I am very happy that messages were so stupid. I would be much more embarassed that my hacker started to send love-messages.

Thank you very much for your awareness!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Tatjana: I am basically new in Facebook, so when I got the link in my FB mailbox, I innocently clicked on it, but thank God my anti virus system alerted me it was a hacker's link, so I closed it right away. I did a virus scan which came out clean, and also changed my password as a precaution. I earn my living online, so depend on all my links and information.

Thanks for this hub, it is informative!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I had my Twitter account hacked into just a month ago and so had to go back and change my password, as some of my online friends were sending messages that went something like: "Do you send this to me???" or "Is this you?" Weird stuff.

Nowadays, I sweep my computer everyday what with all the searching I do for my hubs. Thanks for pointing this out, Tatjana-Mihaela. I hope many can learn from you.

Dohn


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you Mary, great you have good protection. Hugs.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hehe, Dohn, can you share with us secret WHAT was in "your" messages?

I just joked with CC that it could happen that my hacker started to send around sexy messages, so I am happy that ths did not happen.

Cheers!


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hafeezrm 6 years ago from Pakistan

Very useful and educative article. Sometime, I receive an email from a long time friend recommending me to buy certain watches. I immediately ask him or her what is that and invariably reply is: "I never wrote you so.". This is hijacking of an account. The poor fellow takes pain to inform all his or her friends not to trust certain recommendation and then other step follows.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hehe, Hafeezrm, yesterday I had long night, so I completely understand your friend...

Thank you for sharing this with all of us.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Thanks again for great info.


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Craig Suits 6 years ago from Florida

Hiya kiddo...

Sorry to hear about your problem with Facebook. There's a lot of stupid people in this world with apparently nothing else to do but create problems for anyone they can.

In your last hub I believe, you mentioned the once again, "stupid" war in your country that reminded me of a section of my book where I recalled getting the shock of my life while watching TV a while back. Here it is...

"I have no words that come close to expressing my pride in humanity over any of the Olympic games. The opening and closing ceremonies at Sarajevo brought tears to my eyes then, as they still do today. The picture-perfect example of what humanity can, and should be.

Not very long after the Sarajevo games were over, I happened to be watching a news report on what ever the hell conflict was going on in that area at the time and they showed a live newscast of what used to be the Olympic Stadium and some other left over Olympic sites that were not dismantled when the games ended.

They were bullet ridden, cratered, empty disgraceful

wastelands of war. I don’t think I’ve even been so shocked by humanities ignorance in my entire life. An excellent example of not “changing” a bad status-quo.

What the hell is the point if we’re going to destroy

everything we build and kill everyone we raise.

The beat goes on! Doesn’t it?"........................

After getting to know you this last year, I'm horrified to think of you being right in the middle of that insanity and still come out of it as pro-humanity and pro-peace as you have. As I've said before, your a very special little girl...


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

Hi Tatjana, thank you for your hub which has enlighten us with the possible danger.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, Micky.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much, HPR.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hiya, Craig.

Well, I was never in Sarajevo, Sarajevo is capital of Bosnia and I am from Croatia (first neibhourhood) altough we were all part of Yugoslavia. Capital of Croatia is Zagreb, we had real bombing only twice, but we had refugees from all Croatia and many of them from Bosnia...and some other war happenings, but this is another story and certainly not nice ones, but we cannot be compared to the tragedy of Croatian cities Vukovar, OSijek, Dubrovnik, Zadar (where I live now) etc, etc.

War in Bosnia started when Croatia was already half-destroyed, as a product of war in Croatia. In Bosnia was much more complicated...because they were 3 nations involved in war, in my country only 2.

Well, my good personal karma allowed me to live in the Zagreb, were was dangerous but certainly not so "hot" as in some other parts of my country.

Thank you very much for your nice words.


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quicksand 6 years ago

Tanja, thanks for writing about this. We all need to take precautions.

I guess CC-cleaner and spybot should be checked out by those who have not installed them on their computers. What do you think?

:)


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hmcshah07 6 years ago from Ahmedabad

hey friend You have given nice information, I am sure everyone likes it. It is very useful to me


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you vor visit, QS.

Clean your computer regurarly and everything will be OK.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much HMCSHAH.


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Gosh, I have to check about this Trojan thingy. But like Marie, I also innocently clicked on the link you sent me. Anyhow, thanks for the reply on the fb email. I have changed passwords as you have said and cleaned up my pc. :) Whew!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

My FB account has been closed by the FB people allegedly because I did things that were contrary to the FB TOS. Truth was I had donenothing - someone had hackied my FB account and there is seemingly nothing I can do about it. I sent an email to FB as they advise you to do but have heard nothing from them - it's about a month now since I did that.

So I'm not on FB any more and am quite sorry about that as I was getting some good connections there.

Thanks for sharing this.

Love and peace

Tony


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hehe Michelle, my hacker sent you e-mail, not me.

I cannot use Facebook Mobile, not available in Croatia. I am angel of innocence, as you and Marie.

Hugs


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

I am so sorry, TOny because of your FB account. But since it is closed, you are much more with us here. So there will be much more Hubs of great author as you are.

Peace and light.


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IslandVoice 6 years ago from Hawaii

I got an FB message, supposedly from my bro in law who needed $1,500 for an emergency in London, which raised an immediate red flag. I contacted my sis in law in NY and that's when they realized the same message was circulating to all their FB friends. No real damage was done, and all he did was change his password. It is something we have to watch out for. Great hub!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Wow, Island voice, THAT was mean !

My hacker did not ask for money, thanks God....

Thank you so much for sharing this valuable FB experience.

Thanks for visit and comment.


 6 years ago

This is exactly the reason why I am not using FB. I have heard so many horror stories about it.

Thanks for this highly informative hub Tatjana.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Good option, "says". I have to use it because of work, otherwise, I would also say "bye bye"to FB.

Thank you for visit and comment.


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

Great Hub....I want to tell you though, after finding out that there is a person in our White House who has been assigned to look into peoples face,twit and email accounts, I immediately dropped all accounts. This is costing me valuable resources as to advertising, but I realize that our account were going to be gone through and data taken...wrote a hub on it, and I never got attacked in any way at all.

It is a shame that some people have nothing better to do that to try to mess people up....too many are taken over by the evil one....Thanks for this informative hub. It will help a lot of people...A word about Norton Antivirus...it stores mega files on your computer and will take up a lot of memory and I lost a computer due to a crash from loss of memory....in diagnostics, it came back Norton systems were to blame....I use other ware now. Have no problems...


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much for sharing your experience, Wealthmadehealthy and for visit and comment.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Maria it seems that you are spamming, don`t you?


Oner | Fusion 6 years ago

now a days facebook had got much more improved ...

So there is nothing to b sacred of.

Specially they have blocked the pasteing of phishing pages link or the link which can harm ur computer or may install viruses...

Its quite improve one from the past facebook. U can't even paste ur phish pages link on chat box or any wall or even on the common messages which u can send directly from facebook.

So there is nothing to worry about using facebook movie

Infact get inspire by this beautiful creation (facebook) n do watch the movie based on fb "The Social Network"


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Since when FB so much improved? Hacking and pishing still happens there every day.

You are not well informed.

FB is beautiful creation, but is vulnerable one.

Thanks for the comment.


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Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

I'm glad you wrote about this. There are serious privacy issues with Facebook. I added a link to your hub in one of my hubs on Facebook. People need to know what you experienced.


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lxxy 5 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

While I can't say I've ever been deceived (because I know these tactics all so well), the majority of users out there have not been exposed to the internet long enough to gain the wisdom I've collected since the late 80s/early 90s.

Always use obscure, random passwords. Many FB users have passwords containing personal information--personal information often gleamed from the account at first glance.

While Croatia's cellcos may not be able to use the mobile service, in theory anyone could attach any number in the world to their account.

Was it a number originating in your country? Just wondering. I'd suspect it'd difficult to track, though....most likely pre-paid, if ever physically existing anywhere.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 5 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you Ixxy, I was not able to track the number, just had seen that messages were "sent by mobile phone". They were on English and linked to USA websites, so deffinetely not from Croatia. Yes, you are right, facebook mobile blocks my countrie`s cell-operators, but I can freely add any other international cellphone number, so hackers can do the same as well.

My password was just - too simple.

Thank you for visit and comment.


petar petrov 5 years ago

OK people.

and Tatjana in particular. The chances you are attacked by a hacker 'person' is slim close to 0. What you suffer from is an automatic 'scripted' system to attack based on well proven protocols. these are also known as 'bot nets'. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot_nets

You can google around and find uesful tips from blogers on how to prodet online Identitiy.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 5 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much, Peter for info.

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