Thousands reply to 'hacked’ Facebook house party invite
Queensland Police have issued a warning about social network security after a teenager's Facebook site was hacked and thousands of people responded to an open house party.
Police were told about the situation by Twitter and contacted the South Brisbane family who said they were not holding a party this weekend and were unaware their teenage son's Facebook site had been tampered with.
The boy's father said it was a warning to them about internet security.
He said his son panicked and told him his Facebook site had been hacked when the number of people saying they were coming to the party started to climb, eventually reaching around 4,000.
"The first thing I thought of was, 'how am I going to be able to control this', because the numbers of people coming just kept climbing, it was crazy," the father said in a statement.
"I told my son that he better tell everyone that the party wasn't happening and no-one was coming in the front gate."
"This is a real eye-opener for us. We immediately posted online that the party has been cancelled and the account had been hacked," the father said.
Police said they would be on hand at the weekend to make sure would-be partygoers did not disturb the people living at the address.