Tory MP hacked on Facebook

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Michael Fabricant, Conservative member of parliament for the constituency of Lichfield, has had his Facebook page suspended after his account was taken over by hackers.

The British MP fell foul of a phishing campaign that stole his username and password, allowing hackers to automatically send messages to 1500 of his friends saying “Look at this!” pointing to a malicious webpage.

58-year-old Fabricant reported on his blog that he was “devastated.. This has never happened to me before and I can only apologise. If any of my Facebook Friends get a message from me called ‘Look at this’ – Don’t! I did when I received a similar message and look what happened to me. Outlawed from cyberspace and unable to communicate now with my cyber friends”.

My advice to Fabricant, however, is that he should go further and ensure that he’s not using his Facebook password on any…

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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.