Let the hacking begin ! This is just one of those cases when no matter what your opinion on Facebook is, you have to giggle a little bit. Facebook has had issues with managing private user data a million times, but this high(est) profile breach is absolutely a whole different thing.
The hacked profile posted on Zuckerberg’s wall the following message: “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 message received no less than 1800 likes before it was removed by Facebook representatives, who did not want to make a statement about this event. Facebook founder wasn’t the only famous person in the world to be hacked this week – French President Sarkozy felt the unpleasant feeling of somebody else (other than your own team) using your profile. He got out of it pretty good though, with a very diplomatic post: “qu’aucun système n’est infaillible” — which translates to ‘no system is infallible.’
Indeed, no system is infallible, but day by day, Facebook seems to have more and more security problems and breaches, which can only make us wonder where their “Continued Commitment to Security” is. A post on their blog made a reference to this:
“A key part of controlling information has always been protecting it from security threats like viruses, malware and hackers. That’s why we’ve developed a number of complex systems that operate behind the scenes to keep you secure on Facebook,” the post read.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, wrote on the security protection site:
“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”.
So Mark Zuckerberg, the most social man in the world, the founder of the god of all social media websites, lost his password due to phishing ? I’m sorry, I just seem to have a hard time wrapping my mind around it. I mean, if you were the owner of a multi billion dollar, 500 million user empire, wouldn’t you be careful and wary of phishing ?