Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook fan page hacked

26 Jan 2011

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s own Facebook fan page was hacked, with the hacker posting a status update in Zuckerberg’s name.

The person responsible posted a status update calling on Facebook to turn itself into a “social business.”

“Let the hacking begin: If facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn’t Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way? Why not transform Facebook into a ‘social business’ the way Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus described it? [link] What do you think? #hackercup2011,” read the update.

The status update was removed by Facebook, but not before numerous users spotted it. There was no statement released on the matter.

Facebook has been facing numerous security controversies lately. It recently took down a feature that allowed users to share their phone numbers and home addresses with third-party apps due to privacy concerns.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy also found his Facebook page hacked, which saw a fake message posted on how he would not be running for re-election.

Facebook security

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, noted that Facebook users of all types needed to be aware of how secure their Facebook accounts are.

“Facebook users – famous or not – need to take better care of their social networking security,” said Cluley.

“Mark Zuckerberg might be wanting to take a close look at his privacy and security settings after this embarrassing breach.

“It’s not clear if he was careless with his password, was phished, or sat down in a Starbucks and got sidejacked while using an unencrypted wireless network, but however it happened, it’s left egg on his face just when Facebook wants to reassure users that it takes security and privacy seriously.

“Maybe Mr Zuckerberg would be wise to get a refresher on computer security best practice,” he said.