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Two Lakh Facebook Accounts From Bangalore Hacked, Profile Pics Put On Porn Sites

Facebook Accounts Hacked

Bangalore: Over two lakh city Facebook users woke up to a social media embarrassment yesterday morning as their accounts had been hacked and weblinks to their morphed pornographic pictures sent as feeds to friends and family.

According to global media reports, more than 60 lakh Facebook accounts were hacked since Sunday night. Social networking analysts have claimed that officially more than 2 lakh Bangalore Facebook accounts were hacked.

The cybercrime department has received many calls and complaints regarding the mass hacking. They have started preliminary investigations in a few cases too.

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A resident of Koramangala logged on to her Facebook account yesterday morning from a cyber cafe, only to get the shock of her life. “My mother, brother and 19 friends of mine had rebuked me after reading my status message.

It had a link to a website, and on clicking I saw my face morphed and pasted onto the body of a porn star. My name and details were also available on the website. I called the police, but they directed me to the cybercrime police station,” said Kamini Varma (name changed).

Kamini’s last post said that she was quitting the popular social networking site after being embarrassed amongst their friends. There were around 50 other posts on Facebook that stated the users are quitting the social networking site forever after being embarrassed before friends and family.

“The website is no longer safe. My friend had posted a link to a news report claiming to have been published in a popular newspaper on my page on Sunday. Since the title said ‘Party till the wee hours’ I got excited and clicked on it but nothing appeared. The next day I logged on to find that everything had changed.

My female friends alleged that I had stolen photos from their account and sold it to porn sites. Others had called me a ‘porn addict’ and many others left abusive messages. I immediately deactivated my account,” said Shivam Shah, student (name changed).

Following this huge incident, many social media experts huddled up and debated if this would lead to the eventual downfall of Facebook now.

“Orkut fell in the same fashion. As much as Orkut officials claimed that Facebook had beaten it in popularity, many reports nail the fact that consistent hacking on the social networking site for over six months (before Facebook became popular) had led to its immediate downfall and eventual social death.

Facebook seems to be headed in the same direction, unless there is some sort of immediate and strict measures taken by Facebook,” said Suhas Giri, a city-based popular social media expert.

Meanwhile, Facebook put up a set of guidelines for users who had either been hacked, or heard of such incidents. The official Facebook Security blog post said, “Security and safety are at the core of Facebook.

We have entire teams dedicated to building tools that give people even more control over their account, and specifically the way they access their information. In fact, many of our most talented engineers are working exclusively on creating a secure environment on Facebook.”

Analysts further asserted that in spite of such incidents, users seldom bother taking the security measures seriously, until being personally victimised.

Thousands of users like Kamini and Shivam have decided to shun the habit of talking wall-to- wall and return to the good-old practice of talking to people face-to-face.

Top 3 spam links that helped hack accounts

‘Bangalore police: Party till the wee hours, 11.30 PM ban lifted’. Clicking on this link leads you to a page with a photo of a popular pub in town, with a caption questioning the user ‘You really think this could happen?’ After clicking on the link, the user’s account is hacked and sends out a series of unstoppable torrents of XXX porn to all of the user’s friends. Over 12,000 Bangaloreans reportedly fell for this spam.

‘Date a stripper in Bangalore’. Clicking on this link automatically transfers all the photos from the user’s account and posts them on a porn website. The link to this porn website is then set as the user’s FB status message and posted on newsfeeds of all the user’s friends. Over 500 Bangaloreans fell for this spam.

Popular Sandalwood actress raped and murdered Social media analysts suspect that this was a prank link created by a small group of users, following the fad of series of spam links posted through the course of the day. The link leads a user to various soft porn videos from South Indian movies, posted on www.youtube.com. Over 2,500 Bangaloreans fell for this spam.

Article By NDTV NEWS

How to secure a wordpress site from hacking

How to secure a wordpress site from hacking

When one creates a blog using various wordpress websites, I am sure the last thing that is wanted is having all your hard work gone because of hackers. WordPress websites provides an opportunity to many people to make money as a source of income to pay their bills but when these sites are being hacked into, ratings can go from a ten all the way down to a zero and that is bad for business. Hackers would use all kinds of worms, viruses, spyware and even malware to infect your personal computer and your wordpress sites. Therefore, one should be prepared for such a nuisance by taking necessary precaution when they intend to make wordpress a major part of your life.

The first step one should take is having a back-up on all the data that you have stored on the site into an external hard drive where you seldom have it attached to your computer. Back-up does not just mean the content but everything from the design to the layout to the content. That way, if anything happens to your account, you at least know where you are at and all you have to do is just to paste everything back to its original state. This in other words means that you do not need to go through the hassle of recreating everything from scratch.  Usually a good plugin is used to back-up your data and a good option would be the wordpress database back-up plugin.

Secondly, speaking of plugins, remember to obtain your plugins from reliable sources. This is because plugins are usually free for everyone and sometimes they might be carrying unwanted viruses or worms. It would be best to obtain your plugin from the developer of the site and not other sites because the developer would be a trustable source for plugins.

Thirdly, you can ban IP addresses that tries to login into your wordpress account by installing the login lockdown programme on all your sites. What this programme does is that it records the amount of times an attempted login is made and failed. You can determine the amount of times of login that can be made and once the limit is reached, the programme would automatically ban that particular IP address.

Fourthly, make sure your username always changes. When you change your username frequently, hackers will have a hard time figuring out what is your login ID. This is because when you have created a wordpress account, the username would automatically be admin and every hacker knows this so, be wise and change in with various alphabets and numbers where hackers would have less than an enjoyable time getting into your account.

Lastly, create passwords that are not user friendly, meaning that this password has both alphabets and numbers some with caps and some small letters. Also, you should also change your passwords on a weekly basis if possible. It may sound like a headache but it is simpler than recovering a hacked account.

With these tips, your wordpress accounts would be safer and you have less to worry about.

hacking or searching?

i have a friend who lives in UK. i haven’t seen him or been in contact with him for over a year.

a couple of months ago i got a new Vodafone mobile number, which i have never publicly displayed online. A few weeks ago, i received a couple of text messages that paradoxically appeared to have been sent by my own number!!! i later discovered that it was my UK friend who somehow had tracked down my mobile number, and then he somehow had sent me these text that appeared to have been sent by my number, to my number….

now my questions are:

1. how could he find what my new number was (exclude the possibility that a common friend might have given it to him)?
2. how did he do the trick with the texts that appeared to have been sent from my number, to my number?

if someone could explain to me how the trick is done i’d be very grateful, so i can get back at him.
if someone has got an even better trick to show me…well then i’d owe him/her for the rest of my days…