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Identity Theft via Facebook > Identity Theft through Social Networking - Pg. 85

Identity Theft via Facebook 85 IdENTITy THEfT vIA fACEBooK On January 21, 2009, 2 a person by the name of Bryan Rutberg had his Facebook account hijacked. Bryan's Facebook page was modified to reflect a status that stated the following: "BRYAN IS IN URGENT NEED OF HELP!!" Bryan's daughter was apparently the first person to notice this change in status and brought it up to her father's attention, who at first paid little regard to it. It wasn't until later did he realize the impact which it caused. Within a matter of hours, Rutberg realized that his Facebook account had been compromised and got a flurry of phone calls, text messages, and e-mails from con- cerned friends who were offering help and inquiring out of concern. Within Bryan's Facebook circle of friends, many of them began to receive e-mails indicating that Bryan had been robbed at gunpoint while traveling to overseas to the United Kingdom. The e-mail made mention that Bryan was in dire need of money in order to get home. While that was occurring, Bryan frantically spent all of the next day in trying to notify Facebook of his situation, to no avail. The perpetrators had man- aged to change his Facebook log-in credentials so that he could no longer access his own page. Bryan then got another idea, and that was to leverage his wife's account