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Middle School Sleep-over Facebook Hijacking

Date: 2011-09-24 09:36:51

A lohud.com article from Kent, NY hit home the need to teach kids password safety.

The most important lessons kids learn are usually from parents and grandparents. What kid hasn't learned to not take candy from a stranger by the time they are four? At what age are kids taught to not share passwords? Are kids ever taught to log out of Facebook before a sleep-over? Kids are rarely taught these things. Because parents and grandparents do not understand password security, and schools rarely put much more than the qualities of a strong password into their curriculum. Kids are left to learn passwords the hard way. As this 10 year old girl learned the hard way.

According to Kent Police, on September 9th, a 10 year old girl hosted a sleep over for about 10 5th and 6th grade girls. An 11 year old accessed the girls facebook account, changed the password, sent out salacious comments and signed the girl up for dating services.

The incident was discovered the next day when the victim's father, who monitors her Facebook activity, got a message that his daughter's password had been changed, then started getting angry phone calls from other parents about the posts. Because the 11-year-olds also signed up the victim for dating services, so she was getting messages from men, police said.

The details of how the password was obtained is unclear. It's most likely that the girl had set the checkbox to save the password, granting access to anyone with physical access to the computer.

Parents take note that the minimum age to join facebook is 13.

Category: Vulnerability

Subcategory: Passwords

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