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Fake Facebook pregnancy announcement leads to hacking investigation

Ahh, the Facebook "Status" line, where the gazillion Facebookers post their latest political insight, mood, pet action or hilarious YouTube link. Or in the unexpected case of one Fairfax County woman, the announcement that she was pregnant.

Which was news to the woman. She wasn't. Someone had hacked into her account.

Fairfax County police are now investigating who might have posted the dastardly status update about a Springfield woman, as well as send out insulting e-mails from her Hotmail account to her friends and cancelling all her classes at Northern Virginia Community College.

According to a search warrant filed last week in Fairfax Circuit Court, Detective Brooke D. Ware interviewed the victim, then used court orders to determine where the Hotmail hacking might have come from. The trail led to a former classmate of the victim's at Robert E. Lee High School, and both the female suspect and the victim "had a strained personal relationship resulting from disputes over a mutual male interest," Ware wrote.

If you hack into someone's Facebook account and post their status as "pregnant," I'm guessing they've gone beyond "strained."

No charges have been filed yet, while police search the hard drives of the third-party who may have done the actual hacking, and we are withholding the names involved to protect the chaste.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  March 23, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
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Who cares

Posted by: FrankMonzon | March 23, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I fail to see the need to get police just say you got hacked and move on! Whiner...

Posted by: sigmagrrl | March 23, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm. I think if this happened to you - you'd certainly care and expect the police to get involved. Identity theft, anyone?

Posted by: Miles99 | March 23, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

When someone hacks into your email,FB,bank account this should all be criminal. When will they finally make an example of these people with tooo much time on their hands.
While I'm writing this I hope no one will hack this account and begin a slander campaign against me.....

Posted by: JustThinkin1 | March 25, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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