facebook3Facebook users have something new to fear, a virus known as Bredolab, is rapidly spreading through the popular social network. The virus masks itself as a “Password Reset Confirmation Email” and appears to come from Facebook. This deceiving email includes an attachment that supposedly contains a new password for the user.

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poke-at-own-riskI’m sure you’ve heard of criminals getting themselves caught through Facebook with such things as status updates telling the police where they are, or even “friending” police officers. But for the very first time, we now have someone who was actually arrested for something they did on Facebook. And I’m talking about “Poking.”

If you poke someone, if sends them a notification telling that that they’ve been poked and asking them if they want to poke back. In the case of Shannon D. Jackson of Tennessee, she apparently violated a restraining order when she poked someone she is not supposed to have any contact with. The U.S. law prohibits her from “telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner” and a Facebook poke is considered to be “communicating with the petitioner.” In the state of Tennessee, violating a restraining order is a class A misdemeanor, punishable with up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2500. The lesson here is, be careful who you poke.

(Via WebProNews)

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facebook-thief1It is said that a thief will always return to the scene of the crime, but now-a-days they would rather update their Facebook status, even if that means that they’re taking the chance of being tracked down by the authorities. In this case, police were able to arrest a man accused of bank fraud after he continually updated his status about his nice easy life in Cancun, Mexico.

Maxi Sopo had it all figured out, he had escaped to Mexico and had seemingly escaped persecution until he added someone connected to the Department of Dustice as a friend on Facebook. Initially there was street service as well as teams scouring through the internet trying to find a trace of  Sopo. They caught a lucky break when one agent stumbled across a Facebook page where he noticed that he had befriended someone connected to the Justice Department. This is not the first time that police have used social networking sites to get the job done. There was also a recent incident where a burglar broke into a home and logged into Facebook during the break-in and forgot to log out, thus leading a breadcrumb trail for police which eventually lead to his arrest.

The police are also using other websites to help catch criminals. For example, police are posting security video’s on YouTube, and the FBI is using Facebook to track the teen that created the “Should Obama Be Assassinated” poll. It seems that now social networking sites are becoming a way for the authorities to find and track criminals, and could become a potential problem for criminals who can’t help themselves when it comes to using Facebook.

(Via The Guardian)

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burglarJonathan Parker is like most teens nowadays that can’t stop checking Facebook. But for Jonathan, his Facebook addiction ended up being his Achilles heel. Earlier in the week, the 19 year old broke in to a home and stole two diamond rings. While breaking in, he took a break to log on to one of the household’s computers and check his Facebook account. Unfortunately for him, he forgot to log out. By not logging out, he lead a trail directly to him that the police could use.

Mr. Parker is currently in custody and is facing a maximum 10 year sentence.

(Via Mashable)

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facebook-fan-check-virusWord has spread through Facebook that the popular Fan Check application may actually be a virus. Many Facebook users who have downloaded the application have made complaints that their accounts were being hacked and sending unintentional messages to their contacts.

The application, which became available only recently, monitors the friends that comment on your wall or photos the most, and ranks them from highest to lowest. Shortly after it became available on the social networking site, groups already began forming asking for Facebook to ban the new application and warning fellow users not to download it.

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helpRecently, two young girls in South Australia, aged 10 and 12, found themselves in the precarious situation of being stuck in a storm drain. Armed with their mobile phones, they resorted to Facebook for help. But instead of calling emergency services, they simply updated their Facebook status. Fortunate for them, a friend who was online saw their Facebook status, and took it seriously enough to call for help. Of course had they called for help themselves, the whole rescue process would have been much quicker.

This is one story that totally boggles the mind. Could it be that kids nowadays are growing up with a mindset that social networking is naturally their first form of communication before anything else? It certainly seems so.

(Via Tech Radar)

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fbcheatWe’ve all heard about social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook causing drama in relationships. Questions like “you were WHERE?” and “why would you post a comment on so-and-so’s wall?” have become common confrontations. As if this drama wasn’t bad enough, prosecutors in the U.K. are speculating that shady Facebook activity could have prompted a murder.

Welsh born Brian Lewis has been accused of strangling his partner and the mother of his four children, Hayley Jones. Apparently prosecutors are looking towards Facebook as the possible precipitate for the crime.

Jones had become very involved with Facebook and her buddies online. She began hiding the site from her partner and preventing him from looking at her profile or viewing her friends. Ten days before the murder, Jones changed her status from “in a relationship” to “single.”

Psychologists have confirmed that Facebook increases jealousy in relationships, which in turn is  a common motivator for murder. The trial is ongoing but the outcome doesn’t look very good for Lewis, since he reportedly told authorities on the phone that he had just strangled his partner.

(Via Mashable)

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I was almost convinced, at the brink of acceptance, and mid nod when three of my co-workers stopped my chin from falling.

After hours of listening to my bosses explain to me the importance of “Twitter” and other social networking outlets such as “Facebook” and “MySpace” they had almost successfully recruited me for their team. I was enthusiastically signing up for a twitter account thinking of all the benefits and connections I was about to become a part of, when one question brought all of it to a screeching halt: What’s your twitter username? This seemingly harmless question, directed to three of my male co-workers, was the start of the end for me. After discovering that none of them had Twitter accounts I was shocked and the sting of betrayal pulsed through my veins. Why would my bosses lie to me? If they weren’t lying then why didn’t people they worked with every day not partake in what my bosses described as invaluable connection making?? Were they just trying to trick me? I was enraged with nothing but a primordial soup filled with feelings of confusion, pain, and anger and I knew that the only thing that would shed any sort of light on the situation was truth. And so my investigation began.

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Facebook allows users to define themselves through its smorgasbord of applications and features: personal photos, virtual gifts and status updates all lend a hand in users efforts to open up and share just about anything going on in their lives. Younger generations, of particularly my own, have come under the Facebook spell and have a tendency to share a huge amount of personal information on sites like Facebook in an effort to open up and connect to the outside world without taking the time to protect themselves. It doesn’t matter whether that info is as mundane and uninspired as what they are eating at the moment or as potentially devastating as an inappropriate picture. Drawing the line and protecting oneself is essential to enjoying Facebook, but how does one go about it?

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twitter-page1 The Twitter Security Dilemma

Your middle name. The first street you grew up on. The name of the first family pet. These are the answers we give to password security questions online without even considering the simplicity of the questions being asked or the availability of the answers to these questions in varied online forums. Everyone does it, from your children to the top people at powerful companies, and thus leaves themselves open to the whims of hackers. Twitter learned this the hard way when a hacker recently gained access to the company’s internal information and employee’s personal accounts through the vulnerability and simplicity of the “forgot password” security question.

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