Facebook Hacked Again?

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The latest news is that Facebook has been hacked again, this time for a mere 50 million users.  Is this cause for alarm?  Not for those that don’t use it.  But for others, organizations, politicos, and others it might be. Counting to Billions!!


An old question asks for the identity of the world’s best con man.  The answer is the one(s) never detected. Yet the question is reflected from con men to hackers.  Who’s the best?   The answer is exactly the same.


Note that Facebook has unlimited resources to protect their data as do other large-scale companies.  Most have also been hacked. What we do not know are those companies that have been hacked and haven’t reported it.  More significant are those hacked companies that don’t know it and maybe never will.  If the hacker is not greedy, and extracts data in a disciplined manner, it may never be detected even with competent IT people available.


The other problem is that most IT people have not the skills of dedicated hackers. It comes to two armies facing each other, but with one having much better weapons. 


This is not a matter of politics, votes, or personalities.  It is a matter of penetration and the capacity to do so. If you don’t mind, I’m totally frightened. With my information at banks, credit card companies, medical facilities, with email, purchases, the IRS, other govt agencies, and more, I am stymied, powerless, and checkmated.


We need governments with expertise to help battle these problems, but unhappily governments are totally involved with games of “small ball.” So far, silly governments react only after the fact, using fines.  These fines are less than rounding errors for such giants.


Stone-Eater Added Oct 1, 2018 - 10:31am
People should now by now and leave that corporate population control unit ;)
Stone-Eater Added Oct 1, 2018 - 10:32am
know sorry...
Don Allen Added Oct 1, 2018 - 11:39am
Left-right, liberal-conservative, anarchist and all, we are all in the same boat.  Exposed.  We have all become emperors with no clothes, both vulnerable as never before. Naked and afraid, we see little protection in sight. 
Corporations have traditionally short shrifted funding IT security.  Governments have traditionally ignored the problems completely. 
The reason for both is the same.  Neither understand the nature, the gravity, and the depth of the problem - both hoping with better and bigger passwords, it will go away.  Newness is the devil here.
It is only a matter of time before the hackers are permanently embedded in our information systems.  Is it too late?
Kristen Foley Added Oct 1, 2018 - 12:50pm
Why add a question mark to your title?  As the company openly acknowledges, it was hacked again.
Why are you counting to the billions?  The number of accounts that were hacked is approximately 50 million.
I trust Facebook and other private corporations to manage their IT security a lot more than government.  As it relates to security, the government is the leader in getting hacked and releasing sensitive information to the outside world.  When Facebook is hacked, hackers aren’t learning much of anything regarding personal information, because most of that information is already being shared publicly.  So no, we don’t need government’s involvement in this problem.  The bad publicity alone is reason enough for Facebook to right the ship. 
Don Allen Added Oct 1, 2018 - 1:08pm
Facebook claims active billions of users. So your point makes an excellent point.  If 50 million users were hacked, then do you believe it?  It seems you believe, i.e. have trust, in the private corporations.  This is further than most, particularly the lit. 
Consider please, the techniques to hack a corporation such as Facebook are about the same as to hack any mega-group.  OK.
But you are suggesting that Facebook, by sharing data with partners, is generally accepted.  They aren't getting much, you say.   My golly, you are open-minded and trusting. 
Be aware, when these kind, gentle folks say they don't share data, they do not include partners.  Why should Facebook right the ship, when all they have to say every couple of months, "we've hired more people, and are working hard to eliminate penetration?"  This is much cheaper than solving the problem. 
I suspect they just don't know how to solve the problem.  When they testify to congress, we see a couple of idiots talking to a group of idiots. 
Stone-Eater Added Oct 1, 2018 - 3:07pm
Same as Google, LI, Snapshit, Instagram....face recognition and data mining all for free....
Dino Manalis Added Oct 1, 2018 - 4:46pm
 We must technologically prevent hacking!
Jeff Michka Added Oct 1, 2018 - 8:43pm
OMG....Facebook, hacked again!!!  Those poor customers, errr, products "needing" Facedbook to "be connected" and bullshit the world about who and what they are.  Fools counting on a PRIVATE company to be the world's default social register.  Silly people using it addictively are just another form of junky.  Awwwwwwwww.
Johnny Fever Added Oct 2, 2018 - 8:46am
Facebook is optional.  The optional information we provide Facebook is largely restricted to our email address, videos and photos.  Most of that stuff we willingly share with the outside world as byproduct of using Facebook.  So I’m at a loss why you’re so hot and bothered over.  Regardless, Facebook will spend, and has spent, billions to keep that information private.  So I’m confident that the government need not concern itself with Facebook.  In short, if you don’t like Facebook’s handling of information, don’t use Facebook.  Problem solved. 
We are required to provide highly sensitive information to, Banks, credit card companies, medical facilities and the IRS.  This information is what you should be concerned about being hacked and then used to harm you and your family. 
Don Allen Added Oct 2, 2018 - 9:32am
Johnny Fever.  You are correct about Facebook. Close the account!  However, you may have noticed that you now can login to many applications using your Facebook ID and password.  This is a risk.  Most folks just don't know the risk, and trust the vendor.  Not wise. 
Also, just reported from the EU is that for $2.60, you can purchase a Facebook password off the "Darkweb".  For a mere $1000 you may purchase a complete personal identity.  The other problem, which is very huge, is that all this information is pooled into so-called data lakes of the hacked and/or sold information.  There is profit and risk in this. 
I came into some inheritance some time back and deposited it to my bank.  Within weeks, I was besieged by charitable organizations all asking for a contribution. This implies information has been hacked and sold or just plain sold.  
So far, I've not heard about electronic access to safety deposit boxes.  Is this coming? 
Kristen Foley Added Oct 2, 2018 - 4:35pm
Yes I believe Facebook when it says 50 million accounts were hacked and in believing that number that doesn’t mean I believe everything corporations say.  In the case of Facebook, I bet they guessed on the high side.  Better to get the bad news out of the way rather than have to admit it’s worse than they originally thought. 
I have considered that the techniques used to hack Facebook are about the same used to hack any mega-group.  What makes you think otherwise?
I have not suggested anything about Facebook sharing data because this article isn’t about the sharing of data.  This article is about another entity illegally obtaining data from Facebook.
The problem of data breaches and hacks will be a problem for as long as we use computers.  The risks of it occurring and frequency of how often it happens will never go to zero.  My singular point is that this is not a problem for government to solve. 
Don Allen Added Oct 3, 2018 - 7:00am
Kristen, you are  correct, but yet quite a problem.  It is not really a problem for the government(s).  They likely could not  solve it not matter what they tried, short of the draconian.  Who is to solve?
a. Businesses? 
b. Hackers turned good guys?
c. How about academics?  These folks have great technical skills and they work cheap. 
In my opinion, this is becoming an old problem, almost a chimera , for which we may see relief only from young practitioners