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Why would someone try to hack into my Facebook Acct?

Asked by Coloma (47040points) May 1st, 2011

I have a FB Acct. that I rarely use this last year. I have used it mostly to post photo albums for long distance friends. I have, just in the last week, visited a few times after a long period of inactivity.Today I received an alert from FB security saying that somebody attempted to access my acct. from a suspicious, unknown source that originated in Kansas. I know nobody in Kansas, not now, not ever. Can anyone explain why this happened? I changed my password, but, not being super high tech I am bewildered.

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ssarti's avatar

a lot of people use vpns to mask their real ip when trying this type of thing. they use a certain kind of software to make it look like they are from one place when they are really from another. Now I am not saying that this is absolutely the case with you, but facebook hackings originate almost always from people you know or people out to scar your rep

creative1's avatar

Are you sure it was facebook contacting you??

Coloma's avatar

Wow! @ssarti

Interesting. Well..I did just have a falling out with a friend, but jeez…I wouldn’t THINK they’d do something like that. Crazy. Am I safe just changing my password or should I delete my account for now, in your opinion?

@creative1 Yep, it was legit.

creative1's avatar

I would delete the account and notify facebook that you don’t want it turned back on because of the issue you are having. You want to protect your repretation especially if you use your real name on facebook. Potential jobs and even ones you work for look at facebook, you don’t want something out there that could damage your repretation or even employment.

But to be honest I am not a big fan of facebook based on how it is used against people.

Coloma's avatar

@creative1

Yes, I will do that. Very strange. The friend in question is a female friend and not super computer savvy, but, her husband works for Intel. Hmmmm I can’t imagine they would do something like this, but, you never know. I will delete the account right away.

ssarti's avatar

To be perfectly honest i dont think it is that good an idea to close your account. If your friend [that is if she is the hacker] knows enough about you, then there is nothing stopping her from just remaking an account in your name, and since she is your friend, finding photos shouldnt be that hard. I know a number of people with multiple accounts [ie one for work, one private] so when your friends sees a new request, they might think you are doing just the same. You can ofcourse report an account if it is pretending to be you, but by the time the request is processed, the damage might be done. I think you should just change your password [both email and facebook] to something HARD, and change your security questions to ones that arent straight forward. And leave a post on your wall warning your friends not to add anyone named after you thinking it is your second account

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@ssarti

Thanks for the advice. Who knows! :-/

gorillapaws's avatar

@Coloma are you absolutely 100% certain it’s a legit notification? Have you spoken to someone from Facebook confirming they sent you the e-mail?

With ip spoofing, anyone with an internet connection can create an email that looks identical to an authentic e-mail and appears to be from the Facebook team when it’s really a guy in China or wherever. They post a link in the e-mail which is a trick to get you to change your password on a fake site that looks 100% identical to the Facebook site, which results in you revealing your password to them. It’s a type of phishing scam that is much more sophisticated than the old: “Please Sending Me Dollars so I can has help to return big money to you in return.”

I would contact Facebook directly to confirm they sent the original notification.

Coloma's avatar

@gorillapaws

Wonders never cease…okay. :-/

Coloma's avatar

But wait…Facebook sent me my new password confirmation…or so it seems. I’ll inquire anyway.

Coloma's avatar

The link sent me to FB and was signed ‘The Facebook security team’...soooo, should I still inquire? The email asked if I had logged on from another source recently. I had, at my daughters house a few days ago, but…then a map came up showing the location as Kansas?

I am so confused. lol

JLeslie's avatar

Don’t reply to the message. Go to your privacy settings yourself, signing in the normal way, and change your password, or delete your account. Block your friend. And double check your privacy settings that it is friends only. If she knows someone who is still a friend of yours, she could still get to your pages don’t forget.

Wild that friend of your might have done this.

Coloma's avatar

I deactivated my account until I receive confirmation that it was a legit FB security inquiry. I don’t know what to think. I did block this friend a few days ago….I just cant believe she would do something like this, but, ya never know. Maybe she really wants the last word. haha

If so, how chidish can you be? I just don’t know. We shall see.

XOIIO's avatar

This happened to me when I changed my ip address. If it has changed facebook will have an analgasm

Coloma's avatar

@XOIIO

But how does that explain the map with the Kansas location?

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@gorillapaws

The email told me I was locked out until I replied and reset a new password. I just sent a report. I am not going to worry about it too much. No way to know until I hear back. It could just be a random thing but it seems suspicious seeing as how I did just break up with this ‘friend’ and block her a few days ago.

I don’t do drama, that’s why I let her go. lol

gorillapaws's avatar

@Coloma when you reply, go directly to facebook.com by typing it into your browser, not by clicking any links in the e-mail.

If I knew your e-mail address, and had the time/energy/resources, I could send you an email from “the facebook team” that says everything you’ve described. The link can redirect to an identical fake site (which will make the address bar appear to actually be facebook.com). Don’t ever follow links in any e-mails about account security. Always go directly to the site itself and check the account settings that way.

Also, if you have clicked the link in the e-mail and entered in your password, there’s a reasonable chance that badguys have your password. If you’re like most people, you might use that same password for access to your bank or credit cards. If so, you will probably want to change the password to those accounts to something unique just to be on the safe-side.

XOIIO's avatar

@Coloma Facebook told me where the IP address originated, and I was shown a map in my browser.

klutzaroo's avatar

Oh good God. Just because something is signed “Facebook Security Team” or “President Obama” or “Jesus Christ” doesn’t mean its from them. This was a phishing e-mail. If you used a link in that e-mail to reset your password, you gave whoever sent it to you your password. Go to www.facebook.com and check the veracity of all e-mails. Check all links to make sure that even if you click on them (especially from e-mails) that they take you to an address that starts with facebook.com.

Just go in the regular way and change your password and forget about this e-mail. If you get any others like this, report them to facebook and move on.

Coloma's avatar

@klutzaroo

That’s what I have done. Not all of us are super savvy when it comes to potential tricks. Hence my inquiry here. My daughter said the same thing, sooo, I have learned something new.

That’s the whole point of any sort of con, the presentation can be be misleading.

I really doubted my tiff with said friend was the issue, but, just looking at all possibilities.

I have never been involved in any internet scams so my question was simply an ‘innocent’ looking for an explanation.

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