Chairman of FCC has Facebook account compromised

The social networking site Facebook can be somewhat dangerous for those who aren't completely up to speed on how to use it. It stores a lot of personal information, and can also be taken over by spammers after a small slip up, as the FCC's Chairman recently found out.

The New York Times reported this incident, stating that Julius Genachowski, the Chairman of the FCC, had begun sending spam messages to his friends on Facebook. The spam messages contained a link that was no longer active, though they certainly proved that the Chairman's account had been taken over by a spam application. Later in the day, however, his account was no longer active; it had been taken down by Facebook, in order to be sorted out.

Facebook sent a statement about the event, saying, "We take security very seriously and have devoted significant resources towards helping our users protect their accounts. We've developed complex automated systems that detect and flag Facebook accounts that are likely to be compromised (based on anomalous activity like lots of messages sent in a short period of time, or messages with links that are known to be bad). Because Facebook is a closed system, we have a tremendous advantage over email. That is, once we detect a phony message, we can delete that message in all inboxes across the site."

They continued, "We also block malicious links from being shared and work with third parties to get phishing and malware sites added to browser blacklists or taken down completely. Users whose accounts have been compromised are put through a remediation process, where they must take steps to re-secure their account and learn security best practices. This is what happened with Chairman Genachowski's account." Lastly, they added, "To combat these threats, however, we need users' help too. You can protect yourself by never clicking on strange links, even if they've been sent by friends, and by being wary of sites that ask you to download or upgrade software."

It hasn't been revealed as to how the account become compromised in the first place, though it does show just how big the risk is for anyone using those sites – even the Chairman of the FCC.

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'though it does show just how big the risk is for anyone using those sites – even the Chairman of the FCC. ' why exactly? you think the Chairman is Tech savvy? and up on todays threats, doubtful

artfuldodga said,
'though it does show just how big the risk is for anyone using those sites ? even the Chairman of the FCC. ' why exactly? you think the Chairman is Tech savvy? and up on todays threats, doubtful

most of those people are just appointed friends of the current administration... I wish they'd put tech requirements behind it...

neufuse said,
most of those people are just appointed friends of the current administration... I wish they'd put tech requirements behind it...

At the FCC they're appointed friends of the cable companies.

artfuldodga said,
'though it does show just how big the risk is for anyone using those sites ? even the Chairman of the FCC. ' why exactly? you think the Chairman is Tech savvy? and up on todays threats, doubtful

Very, very doubtful!!

neufuse said,
most of those people are just appointed friends of the current administration... I wish they'd put tech requirements behind it...


The chairman of the fcc is an administrator. He doesn't need to have much technical knowledge himself, its the other, lower employees that do. Besides that, knowledge about radio communication, etc. is different from knowledge on how to use a computer. For the fcc, the former is more important.

I agree, I started using it when it was college students and professionals only, a few months later they opened it to everyone and it has been down hill since then.

I recently started using lite.facebook.com which is much better since it pretty much gives you what it used to be, it's not as annoying.

LiquidSolstice said,
Also might be worth it to add that junior high kiddies weren't even allowed (and this was enforced by the genius concept of networks).

The idea of facebook is that it is a social network for everyone, not just nerds like us! So yeah, you can't help getting irritated by people who don't understand what they are doing, but this is in every section in life, no body can understand everything and statistically you must have idiots just as much as you must have geniuses.

pielor said,
The idea of facebook is that it is a social network for everyone, not just nerds like us! So yeah, you can't help getting irritated by people who don't understand what they are doing, but this is in every section in life, no body can understand everything and statistically you must have idiots just as much as you must have geniuses.

Applications were spurred mainly from the use by MySpace kids and other immature people who were really honestly not meant to be on an adult social network.

LiquidSolstice said,
Applications were spurred mainly from the use by MySpace kids and other immature people who were really honestly not meant to be on an adult social network.

Agreed.

pielor said,
The idea of facebook is that it is a social network for everyone, not just nerds like us.

The idea of Facebook is to provide free database, and to let EVERYONE fill in their own information, linking with friends. The information will eventually be sold onto others, or just used for targeted marketing. Getting snobby about a COMMERCIAL VENTURE is just so incredibly nieve.

Kalint said,
Great... this won't help net neutrality at all...

Net neutrality is a bad idea anyway. Why should an isp be forced to provide a particular level of service? Why not just ensure that they hold up their end of private contracts? If they say in the contract that they will provide access to the entire internet without bias, make them. If they don't, why should they have to?

... or stop using facebook/myspace/twitter/similar sites altogether, do something better with your time, you'll thank yourself later... ;)
But since you are wasting your time posting about this nonsense, then... [draw your own conclusion].

mdgx said,
... or stop using facebook/myspace/twitter/similar sites altogether, do something better with your time, you'll thank yourself later...

Amen Brother!

Interact with real people about real issues, while you still can!

LiquidSolstice said,
Or I could just keep using Facebook the way it was orignally intended, rather than the way that the ADD tweenagers are turning it in to.

To use facebook in the original way?. To be a snob club?


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