Zuckerberg floored by Facebook hackers
Facebook security has once again come under the spotlight after the account of the social network’s founder Mark Zuckerberg was hacked.
Links to the official Zuckerberg page on the social network are currently coming back with a message saying “the page you requested was not found,” but earlier it was displaying a bizarre update message that appeared to relate to recent fund-raising activities and called for more socially-aware financing.
“Let the hacking begin,” the update read. “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? What do you think?”
According to reports, more than 1,800 people “liked” the update before Facebook took down its CEO’s page.
The latest security hiccup comes days after French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s account was hacked and adds further concerns over Facebook’s much-criticised security shortcomings.
Facebook issued a “no comment” when PC Pro contacted the network for further details, but security companies are already speculating as to how the hacker took over the account.
“Mark Zuckerberg might want to take a close look at his privacy and security settings after this embarrassing breach,” said Graham Cluley, a spokesman for security company Sophos. “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.
“However it happened, it’s left egg on his face just when Facebook wants to reassure users that it takes security and privacy seriously.”