Reporter investigating Facebook has his account hacked.. by me

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Last night, UK TV show “Tonight” broadcast a 30 minute documentary called “Facing up to Facebook”.

As well as looking into some of the great things that Facebook can do (for instance, they told the story of how the family of a British man who had been critically injured while holidaying in Mexico had managed to find blood donors via the site), it also examined some of the problems with the site.

I popped up on the show too, because the researchers on the “ITV Tonight” programme contacted me in January asking if I could help discuss security and privacy issues on the website.

One of the things the production team wanted me to do, was see what I could uncover about presenter Jonathan Maitland, a self-confessed social-networking luddite.

First I tried to become Facebook friends with Maitland, sending him a friend request from my account using my own name. He ignored me.

Then, I went on LinkedIn – and discovered a company that Maitland was involved with, and a list of some of his…

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.