Despite all the warnings, most people have Internet passwords that are ridiculously easy to hack. People want something easy to remember, and even if they’re sophisticated enough to avoid the fifty most common Gawker passwords, chances are they’ll find something they can remember, like the name of a drink or a favorite pet (e.g. Budweiser was my dog’s name). The problem is that this information is just as easy to find once you have access to that person’s Facebook page.
George Bronk, of Sacramento, collected that information on various women he found on Facebook and was able to hack their accounts. Luckily for them, he didn’t use the information to get into their bank accounts or steal their ideas. Less luckily for them, he used it to find nude pictures of dozens of women, which he later mailed back to them. That can be embarrassing, too.
“Too many people were putting too much information on Facebook,” says journalist and Internet safety maven Larry Magid.
Facebook has yet to respond to what has been dubbed a “social network attack,” It’s possible they are too busy considering the implications of “The Social Network’s” sweep of the top Gold Globe Awards on Sunday night. Everyone else should take a look at Wikihow’s How to choose a secure password, whether you post nude pics of yourself online or not.