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Facebook Scare: Two Lac Accounts Hacked in 24 Hours, Pics Morphed

Facebook Scare: Two Lac Accounts Hacked in 24 Hours, Pics Morphed

Bangalore, Nov 16 (Mid-Day): Users of the popular social networking site woke up to a harsh reality on Tuesday November 15 when they found their pictures morphed, put on pornographic sites and feeds sent to friends; experts fear this may bring about site's downfall

Over two lac 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 lac Facebook accounts were hacked since Sunday night. Social networking analysts have claimed that officially more than 2 lac Bangalore Facebook accounts were hacked.

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

All porn and gore

A resident of Koramangala logged on to her Facebook account yesterday morning from a cyber caf ©, 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 cyber crime 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 Youtube. Over 2,500 Bangaloreans fell for this spam.

Embarrassed users commit 'social suicide'

Over 700 Bangaloreans claim to have deleted their Facebook accounts and many have urged their friends to do the same. "I officially declared to my friends at college that I'd committed social suicide and have vowed not to ever join any social networking site," said Sandeep Jain, a Christ University student.

Another student from Jyoti Nivas College, who fell to an infamous hack claiming that a prominent Kannada film actress had been raped and murdered, claimed to be mortally scared of new media. "The same thing happened to me on Orkut three years ago.
My account got hacked and all my photos got pulled into a huge group called 'sexually active community in Bangalore'. I started getting requests to spend nights with strangers. Frustrated, I deleted my account.

People told me Facebook was safer. Now, this has happened to me once again. I'm off Facebook too now and I'm scared of the Internet altogether," said K R Rohini, a communications professional (name changed).

Comment on this article

  • haneef, Puttur / Dubai

    Sat, Nov 19 2011

    Facebook will be a Fate Book for many of our friends.. We must be very careful that internet is not safe.. we must keep ourself from uploading personal pics in the internet which will become a Fate Book !!!

    Mr Glen , you are encouraging people .. but still you are not aware that Facebook is linked to one email id and if somebody can get access to the that, can even enter the Facebook account too.. Net is not secure at all .

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  • glen, mangalore

    Thu, Nov 17 2011

    FACEBOOK database or SERVER isnt cracked....FACEBOOK is safe....BUT some applications/links use javascript vulnerability advantage to get personal info of facebook user..thats why always use HTTPS and DONT GIVE access to UNTRUSTED APPLICATIONS..FINALLY,every new version of a browser will have one or another security issue thats Common in APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT..HAPPY FACEBOOKING...


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    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    Every problem having the solution... Dont worry friends after this incident face book become more stronger and powerful

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  • Irfan, Karkala

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    Facebook is so hit because People are more interested in other's life than their own !!

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  • Jyo, Mlore/Dubai

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    Finally people will start working from now...:-D

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    Finally FATE-BOOK !

    Many software engineers keep facebook page open during their work. Hope this will come down from now onwards and work productivity will increase!

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  • sachin, moodbidri

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    awesome work by hackers....they have made people to think.... when most of us waste time in keeping our self idle.. great work...I THINK FACEBOOK USED US A LOT....

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  • T.K. Hamza, Kushalnagar

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    Slap on the FACE of Facebook users

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  • Louis, Kuwait

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    I hope my sons account may be hacked so that he may leave Facebook n concentrate on his studies.

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  • mithoor sulaiman,

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    yes, wifred is right mr Kukkikatte

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  • Prakash, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    "I am always on Facebook"... this should be a good lesson for the excess facebook users.

    No productivity in offices, no concentration on studies and no work been done at home....all becoz of this fb era  Should ban it for ever

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  • vidit, bangalore

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    Grt job done by hackers. I see new generation are busy with face book most of the time. It is break even point for the face book users.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    Two Lac Accounts FACE BOOKED !

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  • Devdas A, Mangalore / UAE

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    FAKE BOOK...!!!

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  • Vinod Solanki, Pune

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    Dear friends, Facebook is a very useful tool, if you know how to use it. Use only for the knowledge not for wasting time. If you are addicted, you are gone. Millions of families have destroyed due to 'misuse' of this social networking site. I would rate twitter is much more useful and informative than Facebook.

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  • veron decruz, India, Qatar

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    All the information you enter into Facebook or other sites, as well as your name, address, e-mail address, interests, job history, education history, relationship status, and much more may be turned against you and used to profit multi-national conglomerate. You may not realize this but by using Facebook and agreeing to their Terms of Service, you are signing away your identity.
    Who will protect our children from evil-doers like Facebook n other social sites, who is constantly shoving smut and wrong content into their young, and innocent faces. We are beginning to see a collapse in our society's moral values as evidenced by the increase in crimes committed by minors. We are indeed at the beginning of the end.

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  • Agee, India - UAE

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    no blame game its a free social network..inspite this i am damm sure majority of people wont stop using it.

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, udupi

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    Yes your right Wilfred Fernandes, Kinnigoly/UAE.

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  • Rihaan, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    One true incident happenend in South Africa where such social networking caused.

    A man and a girl used to chat with each other as strangers untill one day they decided to meet other and found themself as father and his daughter. Many will know how lovers would chat with other. How far this destroyed a father and a duaghter's relation.
    Such a shocking issue. People should utilise it for its good cause but unfortunately many youths have drowned into this. I find primary school kids have opened account in facebook. MAY ALMIGHTY SAVE US FROM THIS.

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  • paddu, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    Ha Ha Ha Ha....Common people come out from Facebook and start working on REAL BOOK

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  • H.D.SOUZA, bendur

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    good very good at least our young generation will hence forth careful. Religous be aware of facebook.

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  • Kamran, Bangalore/Qatar

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    We should not boycot these social networking sites as they are keeping us get in touch with the forgotten or lost ones. Such thing is always expected from any Social networking site. Instead, we should not upload any photos or personal details on these sites as anyone could get them and use them. We have to take precautions from our end and this has been advised by many earlier. It is also know hotmail and yahoo sends out spam emails to all contacts without your knowledge.

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  • Tauseef, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    Great...Its expected...Its high time that now people stop living in the computers and start living in the real world with "real" people...This is what happens if you neglect if your neighbors and start chatting with some random strangers around the world...

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  • Wilfred Fernandes, Kinnigoly/UAE

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    A very good news!!! Now people will leave these social networking sites or use them responsibly. As a total the productivity will be increased. Lot of people were wasting their precious time on these sites, specially young generation who could have used the internet for gaining knowledge. I suggest rather use the technical blogs available on the internet where you can communicate with techies and your knowledge.

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  • Norman, Moodubelle/USA

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    If you dont know how to use facebook then you will end up like this!!

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  • don , jubail

    Wed, Nov 16 2011

    i feel that face book should be banned because " Its not the chatting its cheating happening "

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  • paddu, mangalore

    Tue, Nov 15 2011

    Any how these networks are time pass only.Better to ban all those network sites.So we can utilize the valuable time for some good work.Even students can utilize the time for study.

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  • Mitwa, Sharjah

    Tue, Nov 15 2011

    This will affect people who are

    Alllllways on FaceBook... Facebook..

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    Tue, Nov 15 2011

    It was expected, Nothing is secured in Internet, one can hack the bank secret and defence secret of the other countries then what is the big deal for him to hack a silly facebook site. Do not publisize your personal life in public sites like facebook, This incident will become the warning to those who are using FACEBOOK in each seconds of their life. Now this is the right time to CLOSEthisBOOK.

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  • Saf, Dubai

    Tue, Nov 15 2011

    Face book shows its real Face.....

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  • Vivek Baliga, Bangalore/Abohar

    Tue, Nov 15 2011

    this teaches one valuable lesson i guess, we should know how much content of our personal lives to upload on the internet, and also how much content to download from the same

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