Thursday, October 17, 2013

ANOTHER Reason To Never Ever Have A "Facebook" Account: Facebook Hacked - How Criminals Can Exploit Your Data!

I was just out shopping this morning, and when I was at my local "Safeway" store, I noticed some advertisements for getting more discounts, access to cost cutting coupons, and other cost cutting ways by simply accessing Safeway through my "Facebook" account.... I was a bit annoyed, since I know the truth about "Facebook" and how it is nothing more than a data mining criminal network.   I talked to a lady over the Safeway customer service line and explained that I should not be discriminated against due to my not having a "Facebook" account.... The representative was shocked that I did not have one (!) and stated that "everyone she knows has a "Facebook" account" and that Canada Safeway was using the "social media" due to "popular demand" to get discounts and coupons out to their shoppers!   I tried to explain to her that "Facebook" was a criminal operation, with details why.... She was not unaware of these facts, and re-parroted their corporate "policies"...... It does appear that more work has to be done to alert people about the real truths about the "Facebook" scam.....

I came across this very important article from the Telegraph Online news service out of the UK, at, entitled: "Facebook Hacked: How Criminals Can Exploit Your Data", that after reading, I knew belonged here for all of my own readers to view... It explains in detail how the crooks that set up Facebook in the first place are out to not only data mine information from the fools that get suckered into signing up, but can easily use user data for exploitation!   I have my own thoughts and comments to follow:

Facebook hacked: how criminals can exploit your data

Information kept on Facebook could help fraudsters create credit cards, bank loans and new accounts in your name.

Are we compromised? Hackers could glean bank details, home address, date of birth and telephone numbers from accounts.
Are we compromised? Hackers could glean bank details, home address, date of birth and telephone numbers from accounts. Photo: REX FEATURES

Most people know Facebook stores your data. They understand that when you send a message or post a photo on the site those files don't disappear into the internet's ether.
There might even be a nodding of heads when the breadth of what's held is explained: every joke cracked, birthday message posted and person "poked" remains logged on the site for posterity. It makes sense after all.
But few realise how much a fraudster could do within minutes of access to an account. A few simple searches could bring enough information to help a criminal open a credit card, loan or new bank account in your name. How? And who is to blame?
Anyone can download all the data Facebook holds on them. Thanks to Europe-wide data protection rules companies are obliged to reveal what information they store on you. Normally this involves a written request, small fee and 40-day wait.
Luckily Facebook makes this easy. By clicking on account settings (the small cog icon at the top right), picking "general" and going to "download a copy of your Facebook data" you can get hold of everything.
Browsing the folders at first is fairly amusing. Old messages track forgotten relationships as they spark up and peter out. Gossip from university days resurfaces. AmDram productions you promised friends you would attend remain in a list of past events.
You realise biographers of the future won't be combing through dusty collections of letters but double-clicking on folders containing Facebook profiles. But what if the data fell into the wrong hands?
Experts have warned that Facebook data could be used for identity fraud
To see what useful info could be gleaned I downloaded my own personal Facebook data, which has been building up for the last seven years. Through simple word searches a host of sensitive information could be uncovered within minutes.
Searching for the word "bank" in the file containing past messages returned my bank account details. Sort code; account number; card number; bank name; the lot. Turns out I had sent them to a friend who needed to transfer money in 2010.
Typing "my address" bought up my home address, including postcode, as well as a flat I had rented in London. Searches for "my number" and "my email" found the correct details instantly.
Date of birth could be worked out via "happy birthday" posts. Relatives could be found by searching the friends list for my surname. Recent sessions logged the IP address of the computer used.
A criminal could even work out the exact times I would be out of the house for dinner or on holiday by looking at which events I was attending.
"There are all sorts of things you could do with that," says Tony Neate, an ex-policeman who spent 30 years in the force and now heads up the government-backed Get Safe Online campaign.
"I know from talking to people within the police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency that you are well on your way as a criminal to having everything you need to steal your identity."
He adds: "They can mirror who you are and then start looking at where they can actually make money from the information they have got ... The amount of information you have given me is 90 per cent there for someone to be able to [commit identity fraud]."
By intercepting post at my home address a fraudster could create a credit card or take out a bank loan in my name, according to Neate. The Facebook data alone may be enough to open a new bank account with my details to be used to transfer dirty money.
Experts fear there could be a boom in 'Facebook fraud' unless something changes
Neil Munroe, external affairs director at credit information group Equifax, says the information "ticks a lot of the boxes" needed to take out a credit card and fears people fail to adequately protect their profiles.
"A lot of passwords are still set as derivatives of family names, pet names, holidays, that type of thing," he says, warning that Facebook profiles can help criminals guess logins. The fact that so many people use one password for all their accounts is also a danger.
Munroe continues: "Intuitively everybody knows that that information should not be there. You would not write that information on a sandwich board and walk down your local street with it on. That is exactly what you are doing with Facebook."
When asked about the findings a Facebook spokesman acknowledged people have a responsibility to be careful with their data and stressed that the company has systems in place to stop hackers.
"We all need to be aware of how we look after our personal information, wherever it is kept. People using Facebook benefit from a number of powerful security tools, from secure encrypted HTTPS browsing, to two-factor login authentication and one time passwords," he said.
"People on Facebook can receive notifications if an unknown device is used to access their account, and in the rare situation that an account is compromised, it can quickly be locked down and restored."
Even so, some are predicting a boom in Facebook fraud over the coming years. Our lives may be becoming ever more integrated with social media, but awareness of the risks still lags way behind. Unless something changes, Neal Munroe says, criminals will increasingly target the "rich pickings" offered by our Facebook profiles.

NTS Notes:  When the heck will people learn?  I noticed recently that "Facebook" is now proudly saying that it has over 1 BILLION users world -wide..... To me this is not only shocking, but shows how the crooked Jewish run media has done its job in pushing the "virtues" of this so called "social network" without ever telling anyone of its dangers....

What is not told in this article is the fact that "Facebook" has ALWAYS exploited its customer data.. That was the original purpose behind "Facebook" in the first place!

I must reiterate what I have always said... Never, ever, sign up for a "Facebook" account....It is a criminal operation that is built upon an original Israeli Mossad computer program for nefariously gathering personal information... Its original program failed miserably until Mossad agent, Zuckerberg, came along and sold it to the gullible Gentiles as a "social network" where its sucker users give their personal information away for free!

The other catch with "Facebook" is that even if you do decide to close your account, it seems that your personal information is never "wiped out" but kept by the crooks behind "Facebook" forever... Reminds me of the old Eagles "Hotel California" song lyric: "You can check out any time you like.. But you can never leave!".....

And about Canada Safeway and their usage of "Facebook"... Thanks but no thanks... I know better... Best to protect my privacy and to heck with their "money savings" via "Facebook"!

More to come


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Set up a fake account with a random email. I use FB as a news and info feed and reap benefits while remaining anon