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Group hijacks hundreds of Facebook groups as a warning

November 11th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

Cnet news is reporting that Facebook groups are under attack by attackers who say they come in peace only to highlight a flaw in the way Facebook handles group administration.

An organization called Control Your Info has taken control of hundreds of Facebook groups.  Those groups had administrators that eventually stepped down from their position, creating a power vacuum at the top. Control Your Info officials say when the administrator steps down, anyone can take over a group, view the members' personal information, and change group information to say whatever they want. The organization believes Facebook's  group administration is a major flaw, ant it wants everyone to know about it.

Here's how Control Your Info heralded a takeover of one group, "Hello, we hereby announce that we have officially hijacked your Facebook group. This means we control a certain part of the information about you on Facebook. If we wanted, we could make you appear in a bad way which could damage your image severely."

Janis Roukkos, a representative from Control Your Info wrote that his organization wants to get social-networking users to "think about the safety in your social-media life to the same extent you do in your real life." Although the Control Your Info is in control of that specific group now, Roukkos wrote that Control Your Info will restore the group name (which it changed) and leave the group "by the end of next week." He also promised to not "mess anything up."

Read the full report at Cnet's Web page.

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