If You Hacked into Rupert Murdoch's Voicemail…

If you hacked into Rupert Murdoch’s voicemail, you would hear the message I just left him:

Thank you , Mr. Murdoch, I owe you one. I’ve spent the past five years trying to convince the world of something you managed to do with one simple scandal. I’m sorry that you will probably lose your reputation and much of your company and wealth because of it (not to mention your self-respect), but the world will be a better place for it. Why? Not just because our phone is ringing non-stop with companies and individuals that want to protect their private information.

It’s because you, Mr. Murdoch, awoke the PRIVACY BEAST! Two weeks ago, no one paid very much attention to voicemails being hacked. The average Facebook user was shrugging off the knowledge that their data was being systematically collected, aggregated and sold to the highest bidder all for Facebook’s financial gain. Android users ignored the warnings that malicious apps disguised as harmless games were funneling their bank account numbers, contact lists and geographic whereabouts to locations in Iran and North Korea. iPhone users continued to load their phones with as much data as a laptop without even password protecting the darn thing. Most of us lived in a comfortable, pitiful, stupor of privacy ignorance. But today, everyone suddenly cares .

Thank you for reminding us why privacy matters. You stole the voicemails of a murdered child, and that we cannot forget. For the sake of a pre-emptive scoop, you bribed officers who should have been focusing on capturing the culprit to feed your profit machine. You tempted the gods by abusing and misusing the Power of Information and now it is that very same power that will destroy you.

The emails of News of the World “reporters” discussing your phone-hacking exploits were backed up, archived, indexed and given a digital half-life of a million years. The smoking trail of digital DNA that you left behind while breaking the law, breaking our trust, breaking your business, will never disappear. And even if you didn’t do it, didn’t authorize it, didn’t know about it, it still happened under your watch.Most sadly of all, it happened under your son’s watch, who it appears more and more, takes after his father.

John Sileo speaks around the world on Privacy and Profitability to clients like the Department of Defense, Blue Cross and Homeland Security.

Facebook 'Dislike Button' is a Scam!

According to, security firm Sophos has highlighted yet another scam that’s zipping around Facebook in the form of a third-party application, this one spreading in the form of links claiming to be from friends that encourage members to install a Facebook “dislike button.”

Sophos wrote about the scam in a post on Monday,  pointing out that a link to it tends to appear in wall posts that appear to be from the user’s friends (“I just got the Dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!”) but which are actually automated messages from friends who have already been duped. The scam’s purpose is to force users to complete a survey contained in the application, a bit of trickery that has already been known to be perpetuated through scam links like “Justin Bieber trying to flirt” and “Anaconda coughs up a hippo,” the two of which presumably would be enticing to rather different demographics of Facebook users.

As Facebook’s surging membership numbers have blazed past 500 million around the world, its channels of fast social connection and messaging have become a prime target for scammers and viruses.This one’s particularly nasty because a “dislike button,” offering some kind of counterpoint to Facebook’s own “like” button is something that many members have been clamoring for.

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John Sileo is a information security expert that speaks professionally to organizations that want to protect their profits against identity theft, social media exposure and corporate espionage. His recent clients include the Department of Defense, FDIC, FTC and Pfizer.