Continuing the mischief of spreading hoax messages online, some netizens appear to have circulated a variant of a previous hoax warning against a Facebook hacker called Anwar Jitou. Several websites have reported that this time, the mischief-makers have only changed the name from Anwar Jitou to Jayden K Smith, and that the message is spreading like an impossible intercontinental wildfire. Tech- and hoax-related websites have called out the fake warning, saying it is simply a continuation in a string of senseless messages about hackers who gain access to your computer by befriending you on Facebook. Such a penetration of computer security is itself laughably impossible, say the webites, including Hoax-Slayer, Devon Live and That’s Nonsense.
The hoax message goes something like this:
Please tell all the contacts in your Messenger list, not to accept Jayden K. Smith friendship request. He is a hacker and has the system connected to your Facebook account. If one of your contacts accepts it, you will also be hacked, so make sure that all your friends know it. Thanks. Forwarded as received.
Here’s a sample from Twitter:
Please do not to accept Jayden K Smith friendship request. He is a hacker and has the system connected to your Fb account.
— John Burns (@jonbz) July 9, 2017
Understandably, the hoax message sparked off several jokes about the ‘warning’ and the mysterious hacker Jayden. Here are a few:
Trump announces new head of World Cyber Security Task Force: Jayden K. Smith.
— Sue O’Connell (@SueNBCBoston) July 10, 2017
Homeland Security reports they have identified hacker Jayden K Smith pic.twitter.com/XyqNBtVi4b
— Neil Carter (@godlessindixie) July 10, 2017
It’s now being reported that Jayden K. Smith met with Donald J. Trump in the library of Mar-a-Lago, with Colonel Mustard and a candlestick.
— John Lundin (@johnlundin) July 10, 2017
I think I want to start a “Jayden K. Smith” Facebook page and just send out friend requests.
— Mudflap (@MudflapEagle929) July 9, 2017
I’m so unpopular Jayden K Smith won’t even friend me. #spam
— TheGreat28 (@HankSPa) July 10, 2017
If one more person sends me something via Messenger about Jayden K Smith… pic.twitter.com/C3V5WO6Xfn
— Amy (@Amy_Odland) July 9, 2017
Anwar Jitaou is now Jayden K Smith.
He also changed his religion from Islam to Christianity.
— Depec Kohli (@shirikohli) July 9, 2017