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Facebook admits it is scam central

But is fighting the hackers
Tue Sep 21 2010, 10:28

SOCIAL NOTWORKING SERVICE Facebook's head of European public policy, Lord Richard Allan said that the company is concerned about the numbers of hacked accounts being used to scam people out of cash.

Speaking to the Guardian, Lord Allan said that the website is implementing ways of detecting when its users' accounts have been hacked.

It looks like alarm bells will ring in Facebook's head office if an account is accessed from an unusual location. If people log in from an unusual location they will be asked lots of questions about their pets. Which we guess if the hackers have access to your Facebook account they might know, although we don't think many stick their mother's maiden name on the Facebook page.

"If you want to login by a new device Facebook notifies you by SMS or email," Allan said.

Recently hackers hit the Facebook account of top cop Ronald Noble, who is the secretary general of the law enforcement agency Interpol. Apparently the crooks wanted access to highly sensitive information on wanted criminals.

It seems that the new system has been working in the UK for a month, but Lord Allen did not reveal when it will be rolled out to the rest of Europe. µ



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