Conversation with a would-be Facebook hacker

Graham Cluley

Earlier today I got into another interminable email exchange with someone who wanted to hack into a Facebook account.

Here’s how the conversation went:

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Varun, if that is his real name, is referring to an article I wrote a while back about a Facebook vulnerability that made it simple to break into any account. The security flaw was fixed before I published details of it, of course.

And yes, I admit my reply to Varun was a little flippant…

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Varun wasn’t going to be dissuaded, however.

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But I was in a mischievous mood too…

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He hasn’t responded since.

I think Varun might have realised that I’m not going to help him break the law by hacking a Facebook account.

Be sure to take proper care of your online accounts – it’s possible that someone like Varum might be trying to crack into it. Or worse still, someone who knows what they’re doing.

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Graham Cluley Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

3 Replies to “Conversation with a would-be Facebook hacker”

  1. How could you Graham, you just enlightened this would be hacker about phishing. :P
    Whatever you do, don't tell him about the online hacking forums.

  2. Should he ask again, answer him simply: "in order to ensure you are who you say you are, give me YOUR Facebook password."

    While I mean that in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way, I imagine you may well get his password!

  3. Some people are not troubled by thoughts of ethics and honesty. How simple life must be for them, eh? On the other hand, speaking and walking upright might give them a few problems, especially if they're called upon to do them simultaneously.

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