FCC Chairman hacked on Facebook

Graham Cluley

Julius Genachowski is just one of some 350 million Facebook users. The only things which singles him out for special attention is that he is also chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

And so it makes headlines when in late December, Facebook friends of Julius Genachowski started to receive messages saying:

Adam got me started making money with this.

linking to a make-money-fast website.

Of course, it wasn’t the chairman of the FCC who spammed out these messages. Instead, his account had been hacked by cybercriminals who used it to relay spam to other users of the social networking site.

It’s becoming more and more common for users of social networking sites to be targeted by hackers, eager to break into your account to blitz out irritating spam messages or malicious links…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.