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Airhead socialite Nicole Richie broke into the Twitter account of her chums last week as part of a prank that proves just about anyone can become a password hacker. Richie, best known for co-starring with Paris Hilton on The Simple Life, panned the updates of reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Joel Madden. Several …

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Anonymous Coward

Dangerous

So Ms. Ritchie is using her celebrity status to encourage others into hacking and related illegal acts. It's only a few steps from hacking Twitter to becoming a full-blown terrorist. These Ritchie-inspired hackers could use their new powers to get details about children or even groom them. Will no one think of the children?

The law is the law; you break it, you (should) pay.

I for one look forward to reading about Ms. Ritchie's trial and subsequent incarceration on the pages of El Reg.

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Oh, how humorous

My ribs have never been tickeld so much in all my life. I'm rather glad I've no idea who the article is about because otherwise I might not have been able to lift myself off the floor for at least a week.

>fraped - a portmanteau of the words Facebook and raped.

face-aped sounds more appropriate.

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Anonymous Coward

it's faceraped

get it right

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I for one...

...welcome our mayonnaise-gargling overlords.

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Guilty

Nabbed me mates iPhone when he went to the bog, and posted on his Facebook that he had died, all couched in the serious tones of a distressed family member. Me the stupid git couldn't keep a straight face, so he eventually cottoned on. I should have applied my usual trick of changing the language to Turkish (or some other unreadable lingo) to through him off the scent.

The bugger has a PIN on his phone now.

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With mates like you..........

That's hilarious that is, letting all his friends and family think he's dead, what a fucking diamond geezer you are, bet you’re a right laugh at parties you.

Mind you if some knob end like you had done that to me my family would have realised it was a prank because I can spell and tend to use grammar in my postings

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"Several million followers of these accounts"

There is no god.

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Really?

I thought that there being millions of infatuated followers indicates the existence of a god.

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FAIL

NOT HACKING

Logging into someone else's account using the password they set isn't hacking at all.

Annoys me when it's called hacking when it blatantly isn't.

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Cue stream of 'tards...

...exclaiming that guessing passwords isn't hacking.

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WTF?

anyone can be a password hacker?

SHE ASKED. wtf. she asked someone the password.

airheads are hackers now.

watch for more articles coming soon on hacking, including

Phreaking with paris hilton!

pdiddy does ddos!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/wtf_32.png

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Boffin

It's "Social Engineering"

So long as making a cup of tea counts as "chemical engineering".

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RJ

Bahahaha, ugly monkier?

A reg hack complaining about an ugly moniker? I thought El Reg revelled in their use of *tard and other stupid bloody words which just annoy parts of their user base.

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Because she is rich

This is truly a crime, but she will not even get arrested for this crime. Compare this to the Sarah Palin yahoo e-mail account fiasco where the perpetrator is in serious trouble.....

Wonder if she can use the "air-head" defense?

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airhead socialite?

Nay, published author: http://www.amazon.com/Truth-About-Diamonds-Novel/dp/0061137332/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270560468&sr=1-1.

Would you refer to Edith Wharton as an "airhead socialite"? I look forward to your groveling apology to Ms. Ritchie.

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Hmmmm....

It's not often I agree with "awareness groups" and the like, but, for once, I'll go out on a limb and do so. The use of "frape", or, as some suggest above, "facerape", being intoduced into common parlance is one of the nastiest indictments I've seen of our society lately - and that's saying a lot. Kinda trivialises ~actual~ rape - which is one of the most harmful and traumatising experiences a person* can be subjected to - don'tcha think?

*Yes, it's mainly women. It can and does happen to blokes, who have even less of a support framework than the rather pitiful one that female victims do.

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Re: Hmmmm....

If you find "frape" distressing what do you think of the way the word "kill" is used nowadays, as in "killer app", etc, etc?

(I wouldn't want to generalise how harmful and traumatising "actual rape" is. It can be very bad, leading the victim to kill themselves or spend the rest of their life in psychiatric care. But some people get over it very quickly. The bad cases get reported more, of course, while a lot of cases don't get reported at all. The same is true for torture, or false accusations of possessing illegal pornography, for that matter ...)

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I personally don't find the phrases "distressing". I do find it, I guess, "inappropriate trivialisation" might be a suitable phrase. The way that a crime, which I would consider to be one of the most damaging to an individual, can be brought into common language to describe something so inconsequential as having your 1234 Pa55word guessed and a couple of embarassing blog entries made, just makes me agree with the pressure groups who say that the crime itself isn't taken seriously. Agreeing with them isn't something I often do, and is a bit of a change of perspective for me - most of the press releases from (whichever cause) groups make me cringe in embarassment at best.

Hadn't really thought about "killer app" before. Probably because I've had more personal experience with the former - I know a couple of people who have been raped or sexually assaulted, and have seen first-hand what it did to them, which is why this one leaped (leapt?) out at me. Having spent many, many hours with them, seeing previously-outgoing and fun people reduced to paranoid shells of their former selves, it's not the sort of phrase I would ever feel appropriate to use.

I'm sure some people do get over it "very quickly", though I've never seen that sort of recovery first hand. A lot of cases seem to go unreported through one or more of the following, rather than it being "not that big a deal" (as I read your post to indicate can be the case):

* fear of retribution (esp. in ongoing abuse, or where the assaulter is known to the victim)

* fear of not being believed (family, friends, the authorities to whom it's reported)

* humiliation (at the thought of the invasive examination, everyone else's opinion, giving evidence, court case)

* guilt (belief that it was the victim's fault)

Torture & false accusations of extreme porn? Where does the government come into this????

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down with slang

There appears to be other definitions of the word rape that may be being used in this manner. For example:

(n) an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation

(v) to plunder (a place); despoil.

(v) to seize, take, or carry off by force.

I think the word rape used in this context of frape and facerape is along the lines of raping and pillaging, not forced sexual action.

In response to the other response about the use of the word killer, I'm not a fan of slang. It gets out of control to the point where some people appear to be speaking an entirely new language rather than English. Let me know if you find a victim of a killer complaining about the slang use of the word killer then we'll discuss it further.

(You may keep any spelling or grammatical errors you find as I do not want them.)

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Re: Hmmmm....

"Kinda trivialises ~actual~ rape - which is one of the most harmful and traumatising experiences a person* can be subjected to - don'tcha think?"

Well, yes and no, if you think that sticking a penis into a vagina or anus without consent is "one of the most harmful" then you don't really have a very good imagination, the taboo of sex in society is one of the reasons that we think it is traumatic (because we have been told it is), but of course does building it up as "the most harmful and traumatising experiences a person can be subjected to" actually prevent it or make it more likely? Well, in actual fact because of the perception of the crime the punishments are quite severe, the downside to this is that the weight of evidence has to be very heavy, there is a school of thought that says if we reduce the sentences (and therefore the weight of evidence required) there would be more people found guilty of rape, which (by increasing the prosecution rate) will reduce the incidences and increase the number of rapes reported.

So you may be offended by the use of the "facerape", but that really is your problem, perhaps a little less drama, take the emotion out of it and you'll change perspective (or not).

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Prosecute her!

She's dumber than dirt and a 'hacker' who committed a crime, so arrest and prosecute the skank.

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