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Social media hacking is the unauthorized accessing of social media accounts of others. Hackers can gain access to social media accounts by stealing passwords or interjecting malicious code into computers. Once they gain access, the hackers can steal identities, financial information, and private data. They can also introduce viruses that run silently inside your computer without you knowing about them. Email links and shortened URLs, such as those created on bit.ly, are often used to trick users into visiting harmful websites.
Unfortunately, social media users often make it easy for the hackers. Making your social media accounts just a little more secure will often get a hacker to move on to easier prey. Preventative measures include diligent use of secure passwords, application of privacy settings, limiting access of your social media accounts by others, eliminating unknown people from your friends lists, and social media education. Penetration testing is the checking of a system for vulnerabilities a hacker could exploit. It is a very good idea to perform penetration checks on your own social media accounts.
Most social media hacking cases are controlled by state law that can vary significantly between jurisdictions. Most states statutes are specific about what entails a computer crime and the range of punishments can vary widely depending on the circumstances. For example, Texas penal code chapter 33 makes a breach of computer security anything from a Class B misdemeanor to a felony of the first degree depending on the circumstances. Online impersonation can be a Class A misdemeanor or a felony in the third degree.
Keep in mind that even if a hacking case is not criminally prosecuted, victims of social media hacking can still file civil lawsuits against hackers and other parties that facilitate the hacking and caused the victim damages. The trick is to track down the hackers responsible.
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