It was with some amusement that I found the following bulletin on my MySpace account this morning from “your friend and mine” – Tom.
For those of you who don’t know, “Tom” is the guy who pops up in your friends list as soon as you start up any new MySpace account. He’s like the guy that you get straight off the bat so you don’t feel lonely when you’re getting started.
Recently, Tom was quite vocal about how MySpace security was being tightened to help prevent profile hacking and the practice of “phishing” through fake MySpace login pages. Such practices have increased on MySpace over the past few months putting member security of personal details etc at great risk. The “powers that be” at MySpace recognise the problem, but seem to be somewhat powerless to do anything about it which makes the whole site and it’s security seem a little farcical.
This brings me back to my original point. It seems that even Tom, MySpace’s very own Golden Boy, has now fallen victim to a little profile hacking. This time his bulletin, which appeared around 10am this morning (Vancouver time), linked you through to a blatent phishing site which makes an attempt to gather your login details to use in turn to hack YOUR own account.
I have covered this whole process, including what you can do to protect yourself, in a previous post. The point here though, is to highlight the significance of Tom’s hacked bulletin post. It’s a clear cut display that MySpace is indeed riddled with security problems which clearly not even their own staff members are immune to.
With new competition coming from some exciting startups like VIRB.com which I have high hopes for in 2007, it remains to be seen if the MySpace juggernaut will continue to roll on, or if members like me are going to start looking elsewhere for their online social fix.