Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Fan Page Hacked [And Reinstated]

First they targeted Nicolas Sarkozy’s Facebook page, and now they have targeted none other than Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg’s page on his own social networking website. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s fan page was hacked Tuesday — a high-profile breach on a site that constantly faces scrutiny about its handling of its members’ private data.

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Fan Page Hacked [And Reinstated]

The message that appeared on Zuckerberg’s page under his name read: “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 Price winner Muhammad Yunus described it? What do you think? #hackercup2011

As many of you might know, Muhammad Yunus is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and the founder of the Grameen Bank, which offers small loans to people who have no collateral to get started in business. The message also linked to a recently edited Wikipedia article about social business and asked readers: “what do you think?”

Zuckerberg’s fan page has more than three million followers and is probably managed by media assistants to the social networking magnate, according to cyber-security experts. So we can not rule out the possibility that the site may not have been hacked at all and the post may have been made by a disgruntled employee.

But if it was a genuine case of hacking then the hacker may have got access to the account, via a poorly chosen password or spyware installed on an employee’s computer that stole the password.

At any rate, the message received more than 1,800 “likes” before it was removed from the page. Facebook’s representatives have not returned calls seeking comment. Only thing we heard back is – “A bug enabled status postings by unauthorized people on a handful of public pages,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an email reply to an AFP inquiry. “The bug has been fixed.

Video Confirms Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Fan Page Was Hacked

While Facebook is staying silent on the hack, the company posted a blog entry Wednesday morning titled: “A Continued Commitment to Security.” It draws attention to Data Privacy Day Friday. The day is an international effort by governments and businesses to draw attention to personal-data protection issues.

But one thing is for sure. After this ugly incident, Mark Zuckerberg might be wanting to take a close look at his privacy and security settings after this embarrassing breach.


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