As much as I like to think I don't need social media in my life, this last week has rocked me and changed my perception about Facebook.
If you haven't heard, my account was hacked. Not the send spam messages to other people or duplicated kind of hacked, but essentially destroyed. Here's what happened:
Saturday, I received a notification that my account had been accessed from another location. It asked me to confirm or deny if it was me. I denied it, and then Facebook prompted me to change my password, which I did. This was alarming, but essentially harmless.
The next day, I got another email stating that my account was being accessed from Algeria- Facebook took me through the same process of changing my password for a second time. Then, I was scrolling through my news feed and the hacker remotely changed the language to Arabic. I couldn't read anything or find a way to click for help because it looked so unfamiliar- but I did send out an SOS Facebook post stating what happened and that I couldn't read my page anymore.
Again, Facebook sent me a message asking if I logged in from Algeria, I clicked NO, but then even the message turned to Arabic and I couldn't click anything to secure my account.
I hit the back button a few times and made it back to my news feed in English. I thought maybe Facebook had stopped the hacker by realizing I hadn't headed to Algeria and purchased a new device...
But a few hours later, I tried to access my Facebook and my password had been changed. Then they changed my name to Koehler Stacey and even changed my phone number so that I couldn't request a new password. Now, any of my efforts to restore my account would be sent to email and phone numbers the hacker controlled.
I texted everyone I could to report the Koehler Stacey account as hacked, reported it to Facebook and my wonderful husband spent hours trying to figure out what went down and how to recover it.
Facebook provided an option to send in my license to verify my identity, which I cautiously did, but I haven't heard a word, or gotten any response or acknowledgment from Facebook.
My personal page is gone, my blog page is gone, and my two business pages are gone. My "audiences" that I've spent years building all vanished in a moment.
Our thought was that the hackers were after credit card account numbers. My Facebook was linked to a card for page advertising and we quickly contacted our bank to notify them. But, I don't understand what else hackers gain from hijacking accounts and changing all the information. They would have done better to quietly access my account, steal cars information, and move on.
There motives were clearly more... and I don't understand it.
[Update: I found malware on my phone which the hackers used to track all of my password changes and maintain security of my account}
As I was going to bed last night, and praying about this ridiculous situation, I felt the need to pray for the hackers and God kindly reminded me to not focus my effort on building social media- but to pour my effort into building His Kingdom:
“Your kingdom will never end, and you will rule forever. The LORD can be trusted in all that he says. He is loyal in all that he does.”
Stay safe out there, friends!
is a writer & tired homeschooling mom of five.