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Popular Facebook page for the grief support hacked by attackers


Grief the Unspoken, the popular Facebook page that has more than 520,000 followers, was hacked recently by the attackers. This popular grief support Facebook page reclaimed control of their account on June 27, 2019, after the hacking attack which as per the page administrators went unaddressed for 7 weeks.


The administrators of this page, Grief the Unspoken, said that a yet to be identified hacker first breached this account on May 9, 2019. The hacker then posted a video of an individual getting rescued from one burning vehicle, a disfigured child's photo, graphic images of the medical conditions, and various other disturbing content, as per the page administrators, who have removed most of these posts.


This Grief the Unspoken page was created by Angie Cartwright in the year 2012. The page has been designed as safe space for bereaved to cope with an illness or loss of any loved one.


Lynda Cheldelin Fell, author of "Grief Diaries" book series and the page's manager, said in one interview on June 27, 2019, that all five administrators of this page has followed the steps of Facebook, by clicking the link on each of hacker's posts, for reporting the inappropriate content. The administrators reported the breach on June 26, 2019, to Internet Crime Complaint Center of the F.B.I., saying that they considered it was a cyberattack on the vulnerable population. They even had tagged Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive and the co-founder of Facebook, on social media platform.


Fell said that "triggering videos can be the last thread for someone who is emotionally fragile. This hijacker is toying with the emotions of a vulnerable group of people. Facebook has to take action".


Personal account of an original administrator of one of the page's appeared to be compromised, as per Facebook, which restored the access on June 27, 2019, after being alerted about the problem.


New York Times have been told by a Facebook spokesperson that "as soon as we learned of this issue, we secured the page and restored access to the proper owners. The previous reports we received about the page were related to inappropriate conduct. Once we became aware of the real problem, we fixed it". Fell also confirmed later on that access of the page has been restored.


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