It may be widely accepted by computer users, that the term 'hacking' may have several definitions, of which one would be that of:
- illegal or unauthorised access to networks and/or computers.
It can also be accepted that if a user is caught in illegal access to computers/networks they are most likely to be prosecuted and incarcerated.
It must also be noted that the term 'authorities' is loosely used as it describes a plethora of companies or businesses rather than any 'official' lawfully formed government institutions, especially when used in context within Australia.
Facebook works together with 'authorities' in providing information both officially, and covertly (without the user's knowledge) to various businesses within government.
The 'smart phone' version of the application has access to the user's microphone and cameras in order for the operator at the other end to record audio and take images/video all without the user's knowledge.
From the Personal Computer side, in order for the operators of Facebook to access the user's computer, have access to files and to be able to download them, all WITHOUT the knowledge of the user the following 'ports' are opened:
TCP 127.0.0.1:49784 nebula-PC:49785 ESTABLISHED
TCP 127.0.0.1:49785 nebula-PC:49784 ESTABLISHED
TCP 192.168.0.5:51526 22.214.171.124:5222 ESTABLISHED
TCP 192.168.0.5:52976 syd01s18-in-f22:https ESTABLISHED
TCP 192.168.0.5:52992 edge-star-shv-03-nrt1:https ESTABLISHED
TCP 192.168.0.5:53027 channel-proxy-shv-13-prn1:https ESTABLISHED
TCP 192.168.0.5:53045 syd01s18-in-f14:https ESTABLISHED
TCP 192.168.0.5:53174 ec2-54-225-165-57:http ESTABLISHED
TCP 192.168.0.5:53177 126.96.36.199:https TIME_WAIT
TCP 192.168.0.5:53182 syd01s18-in-f2:https TIME_WAIT
TCP 192.168.0.5:53184 syd01s18-in-f2:http CLOSE_WAIT
TCP 192.168.0.5:53186 ec2-54-225-165-57:http TIME_WAIT
TCP 192.168.0.5:53187 ec2-54-225-165-57:http ESTABLISHED
TCP 192.168.0.5:56072 channel-proxy-shv-06-frc1:https ESTABLISHED
TCP 192.168.0.5:65420 tf-in-f188:5228 ESTABLISHED