Members of the Laketown Ladies Facebook Group were disappointed to learn their friend Mary Smithson’s account had been hacked.
To clarify, their dismay came from the fact that Ms. Smithson had regained control of her account.
“Hey everyone,” Smithson posted in the social group. “You may have noticed my posts lately have been different. That’s because I was hacked!!! But I’m back now.”
Though the public responses on the forum were supportive, the mood in private was glum.
“She’s been fun lately,” said group co-founder Shreena Fulmer in a private message to everyone in the group except Smithson.
“Before the hacking, I would ask her what’s up and she would say ‘Oh, the usual.’ After she was hacked, she – I mean, the hacker – was always talking about something new. One day about how much money she made investing in cryptocurrency. The next about how she made money working from home.”
“I know, right?” replied the other group co-founder Brittany Erskine. “I was just glad she’d stopped posting pictures of her dumb kids. I mean, I love kids, but I try to only post when mine are doing something. Or accomplished something. Not just ‘Here my kids. Doing nothing.’ Boring.”
“What do you think, ladies?” Fulmer posted. She added a poll to the message. “Should we make a new group with everyone except Mary?”
Of the ten recipients, half voted so far. The results: five yes and zero no.
Erskine preceded her next post with several laughing emojis. “Maybe we should invite the person who hacked her account to the group.”