Jayden K. Smith, The Hacker: Facebook Posts And Messenger Warnings About Hacker's Friend Request Spread Online
11 July, 2017, 00:54
Except it's all nonsense, experts say - just another viral Facebookhoax.
If you've checked your Facebookmessenger lately, you may notice a warning from your friends telling you to ignore a friend request from a Jayden K. Smith because he's a hacker.
People on social media have been warning one another not to accept a friend request from a person named Jayden K. Smith. If you've received a message that you believe is a scam, you should avoid responding and report the message to Facebook. The message does contain numerous elements of a viral hoax: a sensational warning, the prospect of devastating consequences, and a prompt to share it widely.
The message refers to some person called Jayden K Smith, who the post claims was a "hacker" who "has the system connected to your Facebook account", according to numerous posts.
There is no evidence that a Jayden K Smith account is on a mass friending spree. At the bottom in the middle it will say forward.
Here's another opportunity to be the cool, clever one among your group of friends - with an early warning of another daft hoax doing the rounds on Facebook. It's nothing but another version of a long-running hoax, and Jayden K. Smith isn't the only name to be used in such a message.
When you accept a friend request on Facebook, you are only giving that individual access to see and comment on your photos and posts (and vice-versa). They could do this directly, perhaps over chat, or by sharing a link that you click which then spoofs the Facebook login page and steals your credentials after you log in.
The real victim in this event was anyone named Jayden K. Smith.
The Jayden K Smith hoax began to reach the United Kingdom over the weekend. Some claimed Jayden K. Smith, whoever he might be, was leading the new cybersecurity team for President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Such warnings were equally as spurious as their more recent Facebook counterparts.
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It's a new variation of a warning that's spread across Facebook before. "We have noticed some statements that suggest otherwise, and we wanted to take a moment to remind you of the facts: When you post things like photos to Facebook, we do not own them", Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in a statement previous year.
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