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FaceBook hijack of science fiction group

16/11/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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In the first major hack of the new upgraded FaceBook system, The SFcrowsnest.com Magazine FaceBook group is hijacked by FaceBook spammers who steal it away from the group's real owners - SFcrowsnest - and use it to send out the usual trashy marketing rubbish to thousands of scifi fan members.

You can read the full sad story of this over at www.sfcrowsnest.com/facebookhijack.php.

It's now more than 24 hours later and we've still had no contact to our many e-mails to FaceBook's staff asking them for an explanation for how some joker can just come along and appoint themselves as Admin to a group we set up!

With some FaceBook Groups containing upward of 5 million members, the implication that spammers can come in and simply appoint themselves as Admin and spam all the group's members is truly shocking - and all the more so for us, actually having been on the sharp end of such an attack by this virtual pond life.

Thanks to our friends and readers' support in this matter, helping us warn FaceBook users that anything now being sent out by the SFcrowsnest.com Magazine FaceBook group should be treated as highly dangerous - including, so far, science fiction author Ken MacLeod at http://kenmacleod.blogspot.com/ and John at Grasping for the Wind.

More news on this sorry affair as we get it.

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