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Facebook Finally Hacked by "Secret Crush" Adware

Posted on 1.03.2008
Long touted as the secure space for social networking, and largely true, Facebook has finally been hacked. The attack comes as a Secret Crush request, a widget that the user downloads to find out who on the network has eyes for them. But instead, the user unknowingly gets a nice dose of adware made by Zango. And then the widget encourages the user to pass it along to their friends. So far, reports state that close to two million users have downloaded the adware. Early reports indicate that attack has not been very harmful.

What is harmful is another dent in the armor for Facebook. Back in November their advertising plans brought on massive concerns over privacy from users. And it took a good week for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to respond to those concerns, not exactly instilling a great deal of confidence in the network. So what's Zuckerberg's stance on this latest threat? He has yet to respond to calls seeking comment.

MySpace has long been maligned by users as a spam-loaded social networking site and many of those users have responded by switching over to the more "secure" Facebook. What now? Open Social, you're table is ready.

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