There is a recorded (caught) Facebook hack an average of 100,000 times per day, which seems like a lot, but it is only 1/1000 of the number of identified hacking attempts of the UK’s MI6 servers, and who even knows who many identified hacking attempts there are on the USA’s CIA or FBI computers. Nevertheless, Facebook is a hot topic when it comes to hacking and hackers, especially since we have no way of measuring how many Facebook hacks go unnoticed. It could be 100 times the recorded number for all we know.
Why Are Hackers So Excited About Facebook?
Most hackers want to hack Facebook because it is big. The bigger an online company is, then the more information it holds, which means the more that may be sold. It is not even about personal information or identity theft. The marketing (big data) reports that Facebook hold are very valuable, and a free insight into those is worth a fortune. Plus, there is always the chance you may be able to infect people’s profiles, steal their info, and so forth.
Was HeartBleed a Major Security Concern?
The scariest security problem of recent years was the HeartBleed issue where a big security flaw had gone unnoticed for years, and that flaw allowed people to hack Facebook rather easily. Despite the fact that it allowed hackers the access to a lot of people’s personal information, it was not dangerous enough to be profitable. You needed a lot of computer processing power to gain anything substantial out of it. HeartBleed was a hacker’s toy in terms of its use.
Why Hasn’t Facebook Been Shut Down?
If a Web-Based Facebook hacker gets through security, why don’t they shut down Facebook? The truth is that most websites and most online services are hacked. Even the most devastating attacks are often forgotten because we have a hard time judging the impact of the security breach.
For example, the “Fappening” had a big impact on lots of celebrities, but not much of an impact on regular folk. Even when Equifax was hacked, thousands of people may have had their identity-security compromised, but it is very difficult to find out which people were affected by that breach and which were not, especially since such breaches may cause complicated problems that span years.
Why Are Facebook Hacks So Simple?
Any FB hacker can break into at least one or two Facebook profiles in his or her time. It is so simple because brute force problems are so easy to use when there are so many users. Give somebody a list of emails, and you can guarantee that most of them are linked with a Facebook profile, so simply put the email list through a brute force program and wait for a hit. You couldn’t do something like that with Hulu accounts, or even with SnapChat accounts because the hacker would get too few hits in a large space of time.
Is Facebook Hacked as Often as People Claim?
It is probably hacked a lot more than people know because the best hacks are those that go undetected. However, most of the people who you hear saying they have been hacked have probably not been hacked. Some people are hacked by their friends and family because their friends and family guessed a password, saw them enter a password, accessed their apps without them knowing, or some other breach of trust.
Other people claim they were hacked to get out of being in trouble because they wrote something that got them into bother. People do this all the time, from when they write something dumb on their Facebook wall, such as how they supported Hillary Clinton, or when they are caught cheating with another person and deny sending the messages.
Facebook Linking and Hacking
Sign up with a website with your Facebook profile, and there is a chance the website is able to gain access to your profile. How do you know what the website is doing when you sign in via their servers? They could be copying every cookie on your phone for all you know.
Putting Your Passwords in Other Apps
Ever wonder why so many password-saving apps are free? Why are so many people willing to create apps that save your passwords for you? They are supposed to be tools of convenience so that you do not have to manually enter your passwords all the time, but if you ran those password-storing-app companies, wouldn’t you abuse your power? How do you know that you haven’t just given away your Facebook password when you saved it into a password saving/storing app, or even when you saved your Facebook password to your web browser? How do you know your web browser is not infected with spyware?
How to Hack Facebook Account
You can go online and try to learn how to hack a Facebook account, but the company that is trying to teach you will probably be hacking your computer as you sign in. In fact, with just your email address and a view to how you pick your passwords, they may be able to crack your other passwords in just a few minutes.
It isn’t that difficult to hack a Facebook account if you know the person. Some people brag that they have the same password for everything. Other people will make it very obvious what their password is when they sign in on their phones.
There are other ways to hack Facebook accounts if you know the person, such as trying to guess what their password is. For example, one guy who was obsessed with his bassoon used to have his password as “Bassoon.” Whenever he was told to put number and capital letters into his password, he would make it “Bassoon100.” His account was easy to hack because most people knew he was obsessed with his bassoon.