January 18, 2021

TechCrunch: ALA Lost Control of Their Facebook Page Over the Weekend

From John Bigg’s at TechCrunch:

Getting hacked is bad news… unless you’re a bunch of librarians. For three days “hackers” took over the American Library Association’s Facebook page and posted an endless stream of clickbaity articles and spam. The hackers had control of the page for three days and everything was returned to normal on Monday.

The librarians made the best of a bad situation by posting jolly responses to the articles including call numbers for various books on esoteric topics including the female soldiers above and the odd differences in style of dress in Dubai.

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Worth Noting: Although a totally different system, two months ago the server that powers various ALA discussion lists were taken offline for a couple of weeks due to spam attacks. The server was upgraded and returned to service. The problem was first noted on July 8th and  was corrected thirteen days later.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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