An enterprising hacker managed to hack into Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s fan page Tuesday night in the latest and perhaps most egregious example of how social media still has a long way to go to secure users’ security and privacy.
As eSecurity Planet reports, Facebook raced to change the web address for Zuckerberg’s Facebook page, but not before the hacker posted a status message urging the world’s largest social networking site to embrace the concept of “social business” which calls for companies to use their economic and political clout for the betterment of society.
“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? http://bit.ly/fs6rT3 What do you think? #hackercup2011,” the hacked message said.
The timing, from Facebook’s perspective, was hardly ideal.
On Wednesday morning, the company posted a blog entry titled “A Continued Commitment to Security” in which it paid homage to “Data Privacy Day” (Friday) and outlined a “number of complex systems that operate behind the scenes to keep you secure on Facebook” including remote logout and one-time passwords.
Facebook officials were not immediately available to comment on security breach.
“Facebook users — famous or not — need to take better care of their social networking security,” Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at security software vendor Sophos, said in an email to InternetNews.com. “Mark Zuckerberg might be wanting to take a close look at his privacy and security settings after this embarrassing breach, and consider who is allowed to post on his behalf.”