I'm getting a bit fed up of messages like this one, that I received just a few minutes ago.
Subject: I need your help
Message body: Sir, can you tell me that how can i hack a facebook account. I already see it on ur website but i can't understand. So sir please kindly tell me in details.. sir please please please... I'm facing a problme so I want to hack a facebook account.. sir please help me..
Every day I receive messsages, just like it. Here are some recent examples:
I have these people's email addresses, their IP details. Naturally, I've obscured them in the graphic above, but maybe I should forward them onto Facebook's security team to see if they can "help"?
The night before last I even got a phone call from a guy in Saudi Arabia, asking me how to hack a Facebook account.
I explained that accessing someone else's account without their permission is against the law. "Yes, I know that," he said. "But it's important."
"Maybe you should talk to Facebook Security rather than me, then?" I replied.
And there the conversation finished, and I went back to watching Michael Douglas in the Liberace bio-pic...
Sometimes, though, even a cold-hearted security researcher like me can't help but feel a little compassion for the person asking how to hack a Facebook account.
Take Sandra, for instance (name changed to protect the innocent).
Sandra wants to access her boyfriend's Facebook account.
At least, she *says* he's her boyfriend. But seeing as he's blocked her from viewing his profile, and marked his conversations as private, maybe he's trying to tell her that the feeling isn't mutual.
Sandra. Move on. Sorry to break the bad news, but it seems to me that your relationship with this guy has gone beyond "It's complicated" to "It's over".
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