Jacque Maribe: Watch Out For 4 People After Your Facebook Account
Maribe urged Kenyans to be on the lookout for Desa Jurangmangu, Ronald Novais, Noman Nixamani and Aboas Niz, the culprits that had managed to gain access to her Facebook page.
Former Citizen TV anchor Jacque Maribe has exposed the names of four suspects who hacked her Facebook account to turn it into a platform that shares raunchy adult content.
In a statement on her Instagram account on Tuesday, July 27, Maribe urged Kenyans to be on the lookout for Desa Jurangmangu, Ronald Novais, Noman Nixamani and Aboas Niz, the culprits that had managed to gain access to her Facebook page.
From Monday, July 26 at 7pm, the suspects had been sharing links to explicit content which raised alarm among her followers.
Jacque Maribe previewing a new show of her own. /INSTAGRAM
"Kindly disregard any posts coming from The Official Jacque Maribe Facebook page. The page was hacked, the matter was reported and is currently being handled," reads her statement in part.
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She further urged the public to beware of the suspects and steer clear of the same trap.
Maribe adds to a long list of celebrities who have had their Facebook accounts hacked. From media personality Caroline Mutoko to Kiss 100 presenter Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang'o who lost access to his Twitter account, NTV news anchor Dennis Okari who lost his Facebook account but later recovered, Flaqo who briefly lost access to his YouTube account in October 2020, the list worryingly grows and grows.
Facebook Under Attack
Platforms such as Facebook and Instagram offer step-by-step guidance for a user to authenticate and verify their identity while also revoke access to any suspicious third-party hackers.
A look at the Facebook website FAQs section detailed a procedure in which users could follow in case they notice any suspicious activities within their page.
"If the email address associated with your Facebook account has changed, you can reverse this. When an email address is changed, we send a message to the previous email account with a special link. You can click this link to reverse the email address change and secure your account," Facebook's digital team revealed.
However, there still remains a shocking concern. Tech experts have warned that anyone bearing a Facebook account is vulnerable to hackers who breach data and steal identities in a huff.
To be specific, Facebook accounts are vulnerable to; phishing, malicious use of stored passwords and keylogging.
In phishing, the hackers create a Facebook login page that is a carbon copy of an original one. It is more like catfishing on Twitter.
The hackers send fake emails to the user and ask him or her to log in. Once the user logs in, all data including usernames and passwords are sent to the hacker’s email, making it easy to gain access to their account.
Storage of passwords in a browser is also another way hackers get access to one's information. It is a common feature used by many, even on browsers like Google Chrome in case one forgets a password.
The best solution, the less risky one, is to write all your passwords down if you are not able to cram them.
Keylogging is another hacking tactic where victims are wooed to accidentally download a type of malware that records everything a user types including texts, messages and emails, that is kept within the memory file.
Hackers gain access to this pool of information and use it not only to log into Facebook, but to cloud storage files containing vital documents, even bank accounts.
A hacker on his laptop. /FILE