Do you think your personal data, those data you gave to Facebook, are safely stored and protected?
Maybe you think so, but the harsh reality is that your data can be stolen. To say the truth this isn’t surprising: Facebook has more bugs than stars in the sky and those bugs can sometimes be used by hackers even to reach your personal information.
And that has already happened: a hacker has been discovered selling 1.5 million (!) stolen Facebook account credentials on an underground market. The stolen credentials were put up for sale by a hacker with the handle “kirllos” who is believed to be from Eastern Europe. It is estimated that about 700,000 accounts have already been purchased.
But who could be interested in purchasing your credentials? The answer is quite worrying. Stolen Facebook accounts can be used by cybercriminals to spread malware, send spam or even … attempt to defraud a user’s friends. A friend of yours (or what you believe to be a friend of yours) could ask you for money, propose business and fraud you, establish a date in a lonely place and rape you … anything you can think, probably he can do, because you think he is a friend of yours. Obviously enough also new friends are dangerous: when you accept a new “facebook friend” that friend could be someone that purchased a stolen account.
Of course if you wrote any interesting information in your profile and made it available to your friends (say your phone number, the names of your children or something similar), such information is also available to those who purchased the stolen account of a friend of yours.
But … who knows which accounts were stolen??? The answer is: not you! So … everytime a friend of yours ask you for anything strange or shows a strange behaviour … be careful … maybe that friend is not a friend. Beware of your old and new friends and … beware of Facebook!!!
You can find news about stolen accounts everywhere in Internet. You just have to look for “facebook stolen account Verisign” using a search engine like Google. Here is one of the many links you can find.