A cautionary tale: 4Chan and you.

September 29, 2011

Today we tell a tale. And it’s a bad one. Whenever 4chan is in the mix of anything it can’t be good. So read on for the story and the moral of this tale.

Today’s horror story begins with a link to a post on 4Chan /b/ board. What is 4Chan? What’s /b/? You can Google that yourself. But a brief description. 4Chan is a message board based on the Fubata image sharing code originally. When it first started out it was simply for sharing of anime by the sites owner M00t. But it evolved and eventually the /b/ channel, also called random channel, became basically the hairy stinking armpit of the internet. Sort of like the Mos Eisley Cantina. A wretched hive of scum and villany.

Earlier today an email account was hacked by one of the denizens of /b/. The attacker then took control of her facebook account and posted nude images of UK resident Rachael Hunter to her wall. The images apparently resided in her email account and the hacker posted them to her friends on facebook. Not only this but according to Rachael’s posts from a friends facebook account her bank accounts were also attacked.

Moral of this tale. Strong passwords are important. Do not use a weak password. I was reading an article the other day. Hackers can now, with the right equipment, hack an 8 digit password in under 20 seconds. A strong password has at least 8 digits, not a dictionary word, has one capital letter, one lower case letter, one number and a special character such as ? !.

Be safe with your email account. If a hacker gains access to that he can get into anywhere you are on the internet. Including facebook and your bank accounts.

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