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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Hacker’s ‘sex link’ attack on my Facebook

Published 16/06/2014 | 09:56

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Justin Brown

A BUSINESSMAN was left furious after a hacker gained access to his Facebook page and began posting obscene material - including an alleged link to Kim Kardashian’s sex tape.

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Dressmaker Justin Brown said his Dresses 4 Heaven business was losing around €8,000 a week after its Facebook page was hacked around two weeks ago.

He said the hacker gained access to his page after he contacted Facebook to ask about his audience reach on the site.

“I got a private message that looked like it was from Facebook. It said that my reach was bad because my settings were wrong,” he said.

“I clicked on the link and put in my details like an idiot, thinking it was Facebook.”

Mr Brown said that as he tried to log back on to the page, he had been removed as an administrator. Among the material posted by the hacker was a link allegedly to Kim Kardashian’s sex tape, but when users clicked on the link a virus was downloaded on to their computers.

Mr Brown contacted Facebook, but he said the company had failed to address his concerns for up to two weeks.

He said that he had spent around €9,000 in advertising with Facebook and that the vast majority of his Ballymount-based business, which makes celebrity-style dresses, was done from the page.

He spent two weeks in contact with Facebook in a bid to get the issue resolved and became frustrated.

He was originally told that Facebook “typically does not resolve admin disputes”. He even acted to cancel a payment to the company for advertising to try and get Facebook’s attention.

After the Herald contacted Facebook, it acted to restore Mr Brown’s access to his page.

A statement said: “Facebook works extremely hard to build industry-leading security tools. We recommend that people using Facebook make use of several security tools.”

Facebook added that users with concerns should consult its security page at www.facebook.com/security.

lbyrne@herald.ie

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