FaceNiff Android App: Facebookers Beware Of Hijacking

Over the last few weeks here at OSM we have been keeping all of our readers up to date with all the latest Facebook scams and viruses, in our previous posts we have brought you news on many of these scams such as the Facebook email phishing and the free presents website error scam.

Today we have some more information to bring you on something that could jeopardize your security when using Facebook, this time it’s not another scam but an Android app called FaceNiff that has the facilities to hijack your Facebook account.

According to this post from Mashable this Android application will allow users to sniff out and intercept web session profiles over Wi-Fi networks, allowing them to steal information from sites like Facebook and Twitter. FaceNiff is very similar to Firesheep-a Firefox extension that lets you hijack the same services over Wi-Fi networks-the biggest difference between the two though is that FaceNiff also works on WPA-encrypted networks, which makes it potentially more dangerous than its counterpart.

Although this app has initially been released to be used strictly for educational purposes, with its ease of use and exceptional stability this app poses a very significant security risk. Check out the video that we have embedded below to see how quick it works.

Its application like this that make using public Wi-Fi networks even more riskier, to give yourself a little bit more added protection we recommend that you switch to HTTPS connection when using web services that support it, if you use Twitter click here to find out how to switch to HTTPS, if you use Facebook Click here.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you ever had any of your accounts hacked whilst using a public Wi-Fi network?

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