November 19, 2017

Hacker Goes After Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page

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Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, had his Facebook page hacked this week. Image courtesy of Facebook.

Despite a renewed commitment to security by Facebook, it appears a hacker successfully took control of the founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg’s, personally Facebook page. The hacker posted a message saying “Let the hacking begin.”

The message went on to say, “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 Ynus described it?”

Following the message was a shortened URL to continue reading, which led over to an entry on Wikipedia about social business. Also part of the message was a reference to the Facebook Hacker Cup, a programming competition using Facebook apps and services.

Zuckerberg is in good company as French President Nicholas Sarkozy’s Facebook page was also hacked recently.

Alex Rice, a Facebook employee who posts on the Facebook blog, wrote that Facebook is putting into place “a number of complex systems behind the scenes to keep you secure” on the site.

One of the features is HTTPS which will secure communications between users computers and the Facebook servers. This makes it more difficult for hackers to intercept communications.

The second security feature is social authentication. The feature, currently in a test phase, would evaluate things such as geographic location a users logs in attempting to thwart accounts that may have been hacked.