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Not Even Your Chats Are Safe From Hackers

By June 18, 2016May 25th, 2021Blog, Cybersecurity

NotXEvenXYourXChatsXAreXSafeXFromXHackersOnline security company Check Point Software Technologies has discovered a flaw in Facebook’s chat app that allows hackers to log in and change the content of chat messages (individual messages or entire chat streams) without notifying users that changes have been made.

The exploit is accomplished by finding the unique identification number associated with each individual chat message. Once the hacker has this information, it’s a simple matter of editing the content associated with that identifier.

On further investigation into the matter, Facebook concluded that the exploit is only present in the Messenger app offered for Android devices, and has since been fixed, however, at this point, it is well understood that the hacking community is absolutely relentless, and if there’s one exploit, there’s bound to be another.

Unlike many hacks that have come to light in recent months, this one lacked the ability to actually install malware, or do anything to directly take control of a user’s computer or handheld device, but in some ways, its potential uses are far more insidious. Facebook chat logs can be admissible as evidence in a court of law. If these can be altered at will by parties possessing the right skill set and/or tools, it could potentially have devastating consequences.

As mentioned, this particular exploit has already been identified and fixed, but it’s important to understand that as the hackers keep demonstrating, there’s no sphere of our online lives that they cannot touch, influence, and potentially use against us.

If you’re worried about security at your firm, but are not quite sure what to do about it, contact us today and we’ll put you in touch with a member of our team who can assess your current digital security, and help you improve it, in order to give you greater peace of mind and protect your company’s proprietary data.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.