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Facebook Makes Hacking Easy

Posted by: Faheemazizm

Tagged in: LifeHacker , internet , Hacking , Facebook , email

Faheemazizm

So yesterday I was talking to my cousin and he was telling me his latest million dollar scheme, involved hacking some stuff, basically he thought I could do it... To clarify I'm nothing close to a hacker, I'm more of a observative person, a little curious I decided to take over someones Facebook Account (permission asked by the owner) to check if I could, within (and yes I timed this) 13 minutes I was in, not only with his Facebook, but Email, Twitter and basically life online.

How did I do it?

Well I used a pretty simple idea, go to their email access their security question, I found 90% of the time whatever information usually needed to recover the account is easily available and does not come across as illegal. In this case the girl's security question was "Best Childhood Friend", unlike Gmail or Ymail, Hotmail has a flaw, allowing people to access their security question even with 5 days last access.

Now i had the question, I proceeded over to her Facebook account and flipped through her profile for a minute, I saw some friend post on old memories, used her name it, didn't work, went back over to her info, now I noticed something interesting under her "Family" was some friend, she had the title sister, heck this was easy shit, proceeded back to Hotmail, input the girls first name and wallah, hacked, more boring then thought right ? Resetting her Facebook password taking it over, bet she never thought I'd succeed huh ?

But this raises more important questions, are our lives becoming so infiltrated online that were becoming vulnerable people who could use Facebook and other Social Media tools to gain information needed to use our digital life, I could probably use this to ruin a couple ex-girlfriends, but honestly who has the time, question we have to ask ourselves, how much information is TMI... (too much information for you older audiences).

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GrahamPeter
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written by grahampvdm, April 06, 2011
People seem to put as much as possible onto Facebook. This doesn’t surprise me as many think it’s a safe and secure system. I take a page from Tallulah Habib's post and lock out my Facebook to anyone that isn’t a friend. Now, I don’t mean, “Oh hi I met you once before on the street and now we’re super best friends lolz”, I mean real friends. Hey, there's even some family members that I cut out smilies/smiley.gif

If you can specify your own security question on a website then make sure it’s something extremely personal that no one, buy you, knows. Passwords are the same; using a family name or date is incredibly easy to guess.
Str8_T
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written by YoUnG DiVa, April 06, 2011
OMW this is shocking to me.Have to admit I thought facebook was a secure system. I seriously have change all my passwords. The thought of someone hacking into my online life scares the crap out of me.smilies/shocked.gif
GrahamPeter
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written by grahampvdm, April 06, 2011
It happens. Websites can be as secure as they want to be, but if someone wants to break-in then they will find a way. The same goes for any security system – look at iOS jailbreaking.

Just be smart about what’s online or the passwords you use.
GrahamPeter
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written by grahampvdm, April 06, 2011
Sorry for the double post!

To any and all website developers out there: please change the default admin login from admin/admin123. I’ve come across many people who keep these as is and then complain because someone has gained access to them.
Str8_T
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written by YoUnG DiVa, April 06, 2011
Thanks for the advice! smilies/wink.gif

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