When a person’s Facebook account gets hacked there are many things that are immediately compromised, epecially if the same password is used for other websites and online identities, such as an e-mail account, or the login for banking services. If hacked, the victim is encouraged to quickly change all of the affected passwords as well as the Facebook password itself.
The next step would be to try to figure out who stole the password in the first place and how they got to it. A great tool to help with this step is built into Facebook’s security settings that lets you see the most recent activity and from where it was launched. Hopefully this will offer some kind of assistance in figuring if it was a prank by friends or a serious hacking attempt by a professional.
For one Australian teen from South Brisbane, however, a hacked profile meant more than just Internet trouble and having to spend hours resetting passwords. In this case, the teen had to deal with a stampede of people planning to attend a party at his home that he knew nothing about.
Unbeknownst to the teen, the hacker that accessed his account also decided to create an event on Facebook and invite thousands of people to an open house party. The teen found out when local police notified his family that there was word on the social networking platform, Twitter, that the teen was hosting an extravagant party with thousands of people attending.
“The first thing I thought of was, ‘how am I going to be able to control this’, because the numbers of people coming just kept climbing, it was crazy,” the father said in a statement as the number of guests planning to attend reached 4,000 people. “I told my son that he better tell everyone that the party wasn’t happening and no-one was coming in the front gate… This is a real eye-opener for us. We immediately posted online that the party has been cancelled and the account had been hacked,” the father said.
Luckily for the teen and his family, the police were there to ensure that all of the “guests” knew about the cancellation and would not cause a disturbance at the house when they arrived. As for everyone else, this should be a warning to keep their social networking passwords safe, and to also check the “events” page on Facebook if they suspect their account has been tampered with.