My Facebook Page was hacked

At around 6 AM today, someone changed my password, put up a pornographic picture as my user ID, and started using my account to spam and harass my friends.

If you received from my via Facebook in the last 24 hours, it was not from me. (I didn’t use the account yesterday or today.)

Nonetheless, I apologize deeply for anything that was sent.

I reported to Facebook that my site had been hacked, but at the moment I am unable to do anything with it but leave it in a state of limbo—I don’t have the new password, and Facebook won’t accept the old one.

If this is the end of my Facebook account, I’ll remove the Facebook links from the site to prevent confusion, but I’ll spend as much time as I’m able seeing if I can fix this.

Please note that I’ve been hellishly unwell this week, and I am really not up for this sort of nonsense.

Holly

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

8 comments… add one
  • Karl Anderson Jun 26, 2011 @ 16:28

    Holly- I found your website thru a link in WriteItNow writer’s software. I wanted to compliment you on your “suckitudinous writing” article. It reminds me of Ayn Rand but funnier!
    Hope you feel better, and may rodent brained FB hackers choke on gray tapioca.

  • tami Jun 19, 2011 @ 11:10

    Hi, I came across your blog when I was in the search for something else. There is something you can do about this now – if you go to log in and hit the ‘forgot my password’ button, it will send you a link to re-set your password. You can take back your page.

    I’m sorry your page was hacked.

    Cheers.

  • Ingrid Jun 18, 2011 @ 6:54

    I had very much the same happen to me, except that it wasn’t on Facebook. I had a profile up on the internet for my line of professional work, with contact number, e-mail and head and shoulders photo. Some creep went whacko and started harassing me. He still stalks me by phoning me at all hours of the night, and has sent messages to my husband saying he’s had an affair with me. He was more or less kicked out of South Africa, which is where I live, on cybercrime charges, and now plies his trade as an IT specialist in the UK. He hacked into some other guy’s Facebook and e-mail account here in South Africa and did the same thing as happened with Holly i.e. put up porn on the guy’s website and sent porn messages to all his contacts. This particular victim had friends in the police and had the perp’s ass kicked into jailed, albeit for only one night. However, he had all his computers and cellphones confiscated and was made to feel unwelcome before he fled the country a few months later. He still bugs me, but I disconnect the phone at night and put my cellphone on silent. He brags to me that he’s written a computer program that can send a signal to a line to anonymously call me at all all hours of the night. Do any of you know whether this is possible to do, and roughly how it’s done? I’m blowed if I’ll change my contact numbers and e-mail address to give this tosser some kind of satisfaction.

  • Jessic@ Jun 16, 2011 @ 22:42

    Unbelievable what some people choose to do with their time. So sorry you have to deal with this on top of feeling so unwell. Here’s hoping Facebook will get this sorted out on their end quickly.

  • Tina Jun 16, 2011 @ 12:19

    Sadly, it was horrible stuff. I had to un-friend you because I check my Facebook account at work and GOD forbid someone see that profile picture in my new stream. Hopefully you are able to clear things up and I can re-friend. I’m so sorry you have to deal with this crap on top of everything else.

  • kimberlycreates Jun 16, 2011 @ 12:06

    Yeah, that was some ugly stuff. Sadly, from what I’ve heard, FB does not have a very good track record for dealing with this sort of thing. I truly hope that your experience with them is much better. And hope to see the real you back on FB soon!

  • Nathalie Hamidi Jun 16, 2011 @ 11:48

    Damn, people are up to all kinds of stupid things, aren’t they?

    Please consider using a very strong password for your accounts around the net and on your computer. Strong passwords contain letters, both uppercase and lowercase, numbers and symbols.

    They shouldn’t be your name, or anyone in your family’s name, or your dog’s, and so on.

    You can generate a strong password on this website for free: http://strongpasswordgenerator.com/

    Best regards,
    Nathalie

  • Mary Jun 16, 2011 @ 11:48

    So sorry you have to deal with this kind of idiot. It happened to me several months ago and Facebook finally got it figured out but it was a nightmare. Hope it goes better for you. 🙁

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