Posted by: Faheemazizm on Apr 05, 2011
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).