today. It’s hard to find — how to hack Facebook account, but
researchers have just proven by taking control of a Facebook account
with only the target’s phone number and some hacking skills.
Yes, your Facebook account can be hacked, no matter how strong your
password is or how much extra security measures you have taken. No
Hackers with skills to exploit the SS7 network can hack your Facebook
account. All they need is your phone number.
The weaknesses in the part of global telecom network SS7 not only let
hackers and spy agencies listen to personal phone calls and intercept
SMSes on a potentially massive scale but also let them hijack social
media accounts to which you have provided your phone number.
SS7 or Signalling System Number 7 is a telephony signaling protocol
that is being used by more than 800 telecommunication operators
worldwide to exchange information with one another, cross-carrier
billing, enabling roaming, and other features.
However, an issue with the SS7 network is that it trusts text messages
sent over it regardless of their origin. So, malicious hackers could trick
SS7 into diverting text messages as well as calls to their own devices.
All they need is the target’s phone number and some details of the
target’s device to initiate the silent snooping.
The researchers from Positive Technologies, who recently showed
how they could hijack WhatsApp and Telegram accounts, now gave
the demonstration of the Facebook hack using similar tricks, Forbes
SS7 has long been known to be vulnerable , despite the most advanced
encryption used by cellular networks. The designing flaws in SS7 have
been in circulation since 2014 when the team of researchers at German
Security Research Labs alerted the world to it.
Here’s How to Hack Any Facebook Account:
The attacker first needs to click on the “Forgot account?” link on the
Facebook.com homepage. Now, when asked for a phone number or
email address linked to the target account, the hacker needs to provide
the legitimate phone number.
The attacker then diverts the SMS containing a one-time passcode
(OTP) to their own computer or phone, and can login to the target’s
The issue affects all Facebook users who have registered a phone
number with Facebook and have authorized Facebook Texts.
Besides Facebook, researchers’ work shows that any service, including
Gmail and Twitter, that uses SMS to verify its user accounts has left
open doors for hackers to target its customers.
Although the network operators are unable to patch the hole sometime
soon, there is little the smartphone users can do.
Do not link your phone number to social media sites, rather
rely solely on emails to recover your Facebook or other
social media accounts.
Use two-factor authentication that does not use SMS texts
for receiving codes.
Use communication apps that offer “end-to-end encryption”
to encrypt your data before it leaves your smartphone over
your phone’s standard calling feature.
Update: However, the important thing to note is that the issue has
actually nothing to do with Facebook security or other website’s
security, instead it is the weakness in the telecom network.
“Because this technique [SSL exploitation] requires significant
technical and financial investment, it is a very low risk for most
people,” Facebook spokesperson told The Hacker News.
“As an added precaution, we recommend turning on two-factor
authentication, called Login Approvals, in your Facebook security
settings. Doing this will disable recovery via SMS on your account
so even if someone has your phone number, they’ll still need your
password to access your account.”
iTunes is going to be shut down officially
After almost two decades of service, Apple is reportedly dumping iTunes.
It first started off as rumors, but now it is going to be made official at WWDC in just a few hours.
Before this, you might have noticed that the Instagram and Facebook page of iTunes has had a slight change.
Posts on both pages has been entirely deleted – Apple’s move at shifting away from iTunes links, I guess.
Before this, there has been separate apps for music on its mobile devices, however, not available for Mac OS.
Relating to that, there is supposedly going to be an announcement for three separate apps for its music, TV and podcasts, and hopefully they’ll also be available for Mac Books.
We’ll just keep our fingers crossed for this and other big announcements at WWDC.
Google Stadia – The Future Of Gaming Or Not ? – Reader Opinion
A few weeks ago, Google announced the release of Google Stadia a new state of the art gaming platform that would change gaming as we know it apparently.
This has been met with a lot of skepticism in the gaming community if this is going to actually work but I believe Stadia has what it takes to change the whole console gaming model that we have been used to for years, However, it would take some time to actually give Microsoft and Sony a run for their money.
Google Stadia actually got me thinking Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox would have a strong problem to contend with when it fully launches this year. Google Stadia’s cross-platform play is something I’m looking forward to, so you can play hardware intensive games on a system or phone with low specs.
Imagine playing PUBG or FIFA on a 1GB RAM Phone or Laptop and it runs without any lagging or glitches. So it’s practically goodbye to having to get a new system to play some games if they are available on Stadia.
I decided to put out this question to you guys on facebook and I was pretty impressed with the replies I got.
Google Stadia Reader Opinion
Apeh Ikechukwu said – Even if it will be the beginning of the end for PlayStation 4 and Xbox, it will take time… A very long time for it to gain popularity and to be accepted by all.
What if it becomes more expensive? That you have to pay huge to access it?
George Oz said – I don’t think to gain popularity is a problem, the announcement alone gathered enough publicity online. And yes it is definitely the end for others Like x-Box and co…Sometimes let’s learn to think Outside the Box.
Osazeme Usen said – Stadia will take quite a long while to catch on. Internet speed is still an issue in most nations of the world. In the long run, stadia will eventually be cheaper than owning a console and purchasing games but that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
Olusola Glory Olamide said – Before we throw those Xboxes, PlayStations, Nintendo Switches and stuffs to the bin of history we have questions to answer.
Will most gamers’ broadband connections be fast enough to make a streaming service of that proposition? Will developers all come on board? And is Google the right company to trust with the future of the games industry? Though we’ve got Apple on board and Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon are also in the launch plus Sony Nintendo and others won’t stay put.
ューセッ州 小岩 マサチ said – I feel we will have to pay for most of the games…and Nigeria’s 4g speed is about 2mb/s.
Samuel Jarvis Adeyemi said -Stadia is a good innovation from Google and I think it’s great since gaming could be done on a device, they said it would be super fast even cheating the speed of light in 4k Res without a glitch.
Anyways Google is the software boss, I think they can do it.
I hope Xbox and PS4 meet up but cloud gaming is not really their stuff. And Google has the resources.
Swiss Alex said – well mainly I would say Google Stadia is a welcome development but Xbox and the ps4 has to upgrade too
Google Stadia Reader Opinion – Join The Conversation
Google Stadia looks like something that would work very well in countries with very fast broadband connections for now. Hopefully, Google would find a way to bridge the gap and fix things before it gets rolled out to Africa and Asia. Nevertheless, it’s a win for gamers with this. So what’s your take on this?
The comment box is yours, let me know what you think