The most prominent “Facecrook” this past week has to be the hacker known in the underground as Krillos. VeriSign’s iDefense group spotted Kirllos selling Facebook user names and passwords in a hacker forum. They were amazed at his claim of 1.5 million accounts for sale. If his claim is true, then this figure equates to about 1 in every 300 Facebook users. Read More
Without surprise, this week saw several stories of students being cyber-bullied and the reaction of their parents, school officials, etc. An Omaha 6th grade boy was the subject of threats posted on Facebook by three girls who attend his school. The boy’s father didn’t take the threats literally, but wanted the school officials to know of the incident and to stick to their zero tolerance policy. Read More
Another story saw a Tampa bay mom speak out to other parents to warn them of the dangers of cyber bullying. Her daughter was the victim of a vicious attack on Facebook. She was able to get the page taken down immediately, but she says he psychological impact of the incident had taken its toll. She cautions parents to look for the warning signs that their children may be the target of bullies. Read More
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was the subject of obscene and vicious Facebook attacks. These attacks could land a student in detention or result in suspension, so it is even more egregious that these taunts were perpetrated by state’s teachers who are furious over Christie’s calls for budget cuts in education and teacher’s pay freezes. What kind of message does this send to our youth? We constantly see story after story that the devastating effects of cyber bullying can take on a person. Many teens have committed suicide over such incidents. How can this online epidemic be curtailed if our educators are committing the very same acts? I, for one, would like to see a follow up story on some tough consequences for the teachers and administrators that posted on Facebook in such an irresponsible manner. Read More
I guess this is definitely one of those “Do as I say, not as I do” scenarios!