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New App Makes Facebook Hacking Easier

Written on June 03, 2011 by R. Cruise

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FaceNiff - an Android application - makes it easier for users to intercept web session profiles over Wi-Fi networks, allowing them to steal other users’ credentials from social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The FaceNiff is an app which requires root access on the user’s Android smartphone. Since it is very easy to use, it becomes more dangerous than Firesheep — a Firefox extension that lets users hijack Facebook and Twitter sessions over Wi-Fi networks. Aside from that, FaceNiff also works on WPA-encrypted Wi-Fi networks which Firesheep doesn’t support.

This means that Internet users should be extra careful when connecting to a free public Wi-Fi network. On the other hand, using FaceNiff could be a big no-no, as hacking someone’s account can be illegal depending on where you live.

Aside from Facebook and Twitter, the latest version of the app may also be used with YouTube, Amazon and even Polish social network — Nasza-Klasa.

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