Police could figure out Weiner guilt or innocence

Cohen has investigated cases of public officials who have had their Facebook accounts hacked by people who apparently got hold of their passwords. That can happen if someone uses a public computer and forgets to log out afterward, he said.

It’s also possible a hacker could simply have guessed Weiner’s password, either to Twitter or yFrog.

Hackers can also gain access to Twitter and Facebook accounts through the wireless signals of people who log in while on a public, unencrypted hot spot, Cohen said.

This became drastically easier last fall, when a programmer released a software add-on for the popular Firefox browser that provides automatic access to Facebook and Twitter accounts of nearby people. The software requires little technical know-how. The add-on doesn’t expose passwords, but allows hackers to do whatever a user can do, such as post status updates, pictures and tweets.

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