FCC Chairman Has Facebook Page Hacked‽

Yes, it’s back. The interrobang rides again. Because, after all, what is the Chairman of the FCC doing on Facebook? It makes me wonder who’s minding the store.

It seems as though we are hearing of way too many people these days doing things that make them appear to be easing into their second childhood. You know what comes after the second childhood, don’t you?

Making it all the way to the Main News of Neowin, we have –

The social networking site Facebook can be somewhat dangerous for those who aren’t completely up to speed on how to use it. It stores a lot of personal information, and can also be taken over by spammers after a small slip up, as the FCC’s Chairman recently found out.

Obviously this will be played off as some sort of “get to know your national authorities” thing, but it’s beyond the ridiculous.

The New York Times reported this incident, stating that Julius Genachowski, the Chairman of the FCC, had begun sending spam messages to his friends on Facebook. The spam messages contained a link that was no longer active, though they certainly proved that the Chairman’s account had been taken over by a spam application. Later in the day, however, his account was no longer active; it had been taken down by Facebook, in order to be sorted out.

Facebook sent a statement about the event, saying, “We take security very seriously and have devoted significant resources towards helping our users protect their accounts. We’ve developed complex automated systems that detect and flag Facebook accounts that are likely to be compromised (based on anomalous activity like lots of messages sent in a short period of time, or messages with links that are known to be bad). Because Facebook is a closed system, we have a tremendous advantage over email. That is, once we detect a phony message, we can delete that message in all inboxes across the site.”

They continued, “We also block malicious links from being shared and work with third parties to get phishing and malware sites added to browser blacklists or taken down completely. Users whose accounts have been compromised are put through a remediation process, where they must take steps to re-secure their account and learn security best practices. This is what happened with Chairman Genachowski’s account.” Lastly, they added, “To combat these threats, however, we need users’ help too. You can protect yourself by never clicking on strange links, even if they’ve been sent by friends, and by being wary of sites that ask you to download or upgrade software.”

It hasn’t been revealed as to how the account become compromised in the first place, though it does show just how big the risk is for anyone using those sites – even the Chairman of the FCC.

I’d like to see an explanation of why the Chairman of the FCC appeared there at all. This is fine for those who have lots of spare time and nothing to do, but the Chairman of the FCC should be busy, and when not busy, be somewhat concerned about the image he portrays as the holder of the office.

The lunacy is taking over. We have people who are ostensibly adults acting as though they had lost 30 or more years of their lives, and with it, the judgement gained in that time.

I can hardly wait for the news of who from our government is filling in for Ronald McDonald at all the new openings…maybe it will be Senator Shelby from Alabama. He looks the part, and is after all, about to enter his dotage.



Maybe Sarah does fit in with this new breed of “devil-may-care” politicians and government employees…