MP 'devastated' over Facebook profile hack
'Outlawed from cyberspace and unable to communicate with my cyber friends'
A backbench Tory MP was left "devastated" after his Facebook account was hacked.
Michael Fabricant, 58, spoke of his anguish in a posting on his personal website last week. The Lichfield MP's Facebook profile was suspended after his account was pwned by hackers and used to send malicious spam to his 1,500 contacts.
The malicious messages said "Look at this!" and directed surfers to a page containing malware.
"I am devastated," the Boris Johnson lookalike writes. "This has never happened to me before and I can only apologise.
"If any of my Facebook Friends get a message from me called 'Look at this' - Don't! I did when I received a similar message and look what happened to me. Outlawed from cyberspace and unable to communicate now with my cyber friends".
Security watchers at Sophos reckon the details of the attacks fits the pattern of a phishing attack doing the rounds last week.
Fabricant has changed his password and emailed Facebook with a "begging message asking for his account to be restored", according to the MP's own account of the ordeal. The MP's profile from TheyWorkForYou can be found here and more on his enthusiasm for Facebook can be found here.
Despite having a impressive 1,500 online friends, a Facebook group of self-declared Facebook fans of the Lichfield MP numbers just 14. On a more positive note, he's among the MPs that claims the least on expenses, ranking 569th of 645 last year. ®
Oh good! Mischevious (is that a word now?) me?
Sent to Labour, Conservative and Libdems... >
I think it is fair to say we have been approached by several political parties seeking our vote in the European elections and I thought it wise to share a view with you.
It seems that when government funded bodies attract increased funds a rapid restructuring process starts in which wealth is distributed from the top down.
On the other hand when government funds dry up a slower restructuring process begins and it is usually from the bottom up.
Summarised pleasantly as:
+ wealth flows from the top down
- poverty flows from the bottom up
The view I'd like to share with you is or is based on:
+ there is no need under the present indebtedness of the country for any direct or indirect employee to earn more than 90,000 GBP
+ there is an excellent opportunity for elected members of any and all parliaments to demonstrate leadership and set an example by taking wage cuts conforming to the arbitrary figure given above of 90,000 GBP
+ people have reasonable expectation that government funded services will be delivered and standards maintained
+ it is the 21st century and previous or outmoded methods of dealing with budget cuts needs to be revisited this time respecting service procurement and provisioning along with expectations that standards are maintained
+ given the countrywide significance of these factors British royalty might also wish to conform to them but I'd guess that should be a free decision of each royal member without undue influence or pressure brought to bear
+ it is also a reasoned working method that will maintain service standards
+ it affords sufficient motivation to empowered individuals to meet need, meet budget constraint and meet due diligence in a leadership based way including the recently purchased finance sector of course
+ it beats the pants of alternatives
It can neatly be summarised as:
+ wealth flows from the top down
+ poverty flows from the top down
@Fifty Eight? - Anon Coward
Connecting wiv the younger generation - innit?
Taking the Michael
From the Telegraph's check list of MP's expenses:
"Michael Fabricant claims £700-£900 a month mortgage interest on Westminster flat. Splits maximum allowance between food and bills. Regularly claimed £240 in repairs when receipts only needed at £250"
Just one of the boys.