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French President Nicolas Sarkozy Hacked on Facebook

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Think you have a great Facebook password? Let’s hope so!

The website of French daily 20 Minutes reports that the president’s Official facebook page had been hacked Sunday evening (1/23/2010). The intruder posted a bogus message from Sarkozy announcing he had decided not to run for re-election in 2012. President Sarkozy said the announcement was “a little hasty,” as he has not yet decided whether to seek a second term.

President Sarkozy took the incident in stride, saying it had happened “perhaps to remind me that no system is infallible.” He jokingly used the opportunity to poke fun at the many spelling and punctuation mistakes in the fake message.

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Now folks, we have to think the president of France has some pretty good computer security people on staff, but it looks like they need to provide the president much better password policies, and the assistance to follow them.

If you’re not sure about your online passwords, here are several excellent references that will ensure your accounts are more secure than the President of France’s!

University of Chicago: Safe Computing

Wikipedia: Password policy

The Simplest Security: A Guide To Better Password Practices

Create strong passwords

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Written by st3v3piper

January 24, 2011 at 10:57 am

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  1. It seems like there has been a lot of that kind of thing lately. I’ve gotten several spam IMs and emails from people I know on the west side of MI. The networks that they are from are AOL and Yahoo. Some hacker must have written a few new crackers lately. Ugh. You’d think they’d find better things to do with their time.

    starsunflower

    January 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    • Oh that last thing, especially! With that kind of talent, there’s lots of less ‘mailicious’ and more constructive, more profitable even, activities than how they spend their energies.

      st3v3piper

      January 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm

  2. How intense! It’s interesting because facebook is getting tighter and tighter with security. I had a foriegn friend request for me to add an etsy application to his facebook profile as he was confused as how to add it. He gave me his login and FB immediately recognized that I was coming from a different computer and prompted me to go through this huge questionnaire to get in. I never did get in, even after communicating the questions to him vis IM.

    I *have* seen however, people getting their accounts hacked through facebook by accepting apps into their account. I just got a message from a user on Facebook today that was clearly a flag to me that her account got hacked. This is the title of the message “Subject: Try not to get aught on spy caera agian!” Clearly there are typos and this does not seem like something she would post. I of course didn’t click on the link.

    I’ve known a few who’ve gotten their FB accounts by accepting apps they are not familiar with. Anywhoo… Interesting post!

    starsunflower

    January 25, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    • My son’s yahoo mail was hacked last month and used to send spam. Two days in a row I got an email from “him” [with all legit headers] trying to send me to a fake CVS pharmacy phishing site with deals on pain pills. I LMAO at the first, I thought it was a joke, but the second one told me HACKED! I told him right away, we changed his password, and that was that. Fortunately, he only had a couple of contacts in his Yahoo addr book, most are in his Blackberry, so *only*family* got spammed! LOL

      st3v3piper

      January 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm


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