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    Bullying on MSN please help. Name changed or possible hack?

    Hi
    Without going into too much detail as a child is involved is it possible for someone who the child has accepted as a friend (or whatever you call it) in the past to change their user type name and still come up on MSN. Or is it possible for someone to get onto someones MSN without being accepted.
    To cut long story short a child of a friend has had someone come up on their MSN and using a voice said some nasty upsetting things. Very general so cannot work out if they actually know the child.
    The child only has a small number of friends on MSN and says they have never accepted anyone in the past who they do not know.
    The matter has been reported using the MSN button.
    Neither my friend or myself know much about MSN so we think there must be two scenarios...either
    1 A friend already acccepted previously on MSN has changed their name and played a very sick joke or
    2 Someone has managed to somehow hack into my friends childs MSN. Child is adamant they have not accepted anyone they do not know.
    Anyone with knowledge of MSN have any idea.
    Thanks.

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    First thing to do would be change the password on their account. If someone has hacked it, hopefully that should stop them.

    Also get them to run an anti-virus check as there may be some kind of virus sending the child's password to this person (called a keylogger).

    Edit: Also get them to enable the "Only people on my.... etc etc" option as seen here:
    http://api.ning.com/files/eW8uDup9RuCGB02GCAo0gwQbGDEzQGA6tYq8PJ*8lB7ExGgVCab3IkU27OS9CQijCnDYZxRuomxhOpAdBeNx8pQyW29LxYeC/msnsettings.jpg
    Edited by: "oldmanhouse" 6th Nov 2010

    Original Poster

    Thank You I will pass that straight to my friend.

    No problem, hope you get it sorted

    Thank you for helping Olgmanhouse. Being a parent can be stressful enough without people playing silly buggers!

    Banned

    They can change their nickname or how they are displayed on other peoples computers I think, but the email address stays the same. MSN always was the worst of the bunch though.

    oldmanhouse

    First thing to do would be change the password on their account. If … First thing to do would be change the password on their account. If someone has hacked it, hopefully that should stop them.Also get them to run an anti-virus check as there may be some kind of virus sending the child's password to this person (called a keylogger).Edit: Also get them to enable the "Only people on my.... etc etc" option as seen here:



    Thing is, the current version (Windows Live Messenger 2011) doesn't seem to have that menu anymore. I was looking the other day and there's no Allow/Block list in the Privacy section anymore. You seem to have to manually add the block online.

    delete them

    shamus1975

    delete them



    NO! you must BLOCK THEN delete.

    Delete only means you can't see them but they see you and you can't message them but they message you.

    i would involve the police, this is a very serious nowadays. i have helped and know of occasions of this happening, its better to get it addressed in the early stages and the people carrying it out always assume that they cannot be caught which is wrong. Update the anti-virus and scan your computer, change the password and secret question of the persons account in question, then as mentioned block and also delete other accounts in question
    Edited by: "andyhunter" 6th Nov 2010

    andyhunter

    i would involve the police, this is a very serious nowadays. i have … i would involve the police, this is a very serious nowadays. i have helped and know of occasions of this happening, its better to get it addressed in the early stages and the people carrying it out always assume that they cannot be caught which is wrong. Update the anti-virus and scan your computer, change the password and secret question of the persons account in question, then as mentioned block and also delete other accounts in question



    Very wise words of wisdom. Report it to the police. This person may be doing the same to other children who may not know how to deal with it & may not involve their parents. This is very serious.

    Original Poster

    thanks guys I absolutely agree with you about reporting it. To think some child could be going through this too worried to even tell a grown up. It takes bullying to a whole new level. I appreciate all your comments and have passed them on to my friend.
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