Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's fan page appears to have been hacked.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's fan page appears to have been hacked Jan. 25.
Though the company has not responded to inquiries about exactly
what took place, reports have surfaced that the CEO's page was
compromised and the following message was posted: "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 Prize
winner Muhammad Yunus described it? http://bit.ly/fs6rT3 What do you
The message comes just days after Facebook announced it had raised $1.5 billion in funding from Goldman Sachs and Digital Sky Technologies
, bringing the company's total value to $50 billion.
The hash tag of "hackercup2011" at the end of the note may be a
reference to Facebook's Hacker Cup contest, a programming competition
the company announced in December. According to Websense, the URL
shortener in the message links to a non-malicious page on Wikipedia.
The incident follows the breach of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's account earlier this week
In that case, Sarkozy's page was compromised to say he was not seeking
re-election in 2012. The post was subsequently taken down.
The message on Zuckerberg's page received more than 1,800 likes
before the social network took the page down. Another Zuckerberg
page can be found here
"Although the reason for the rogue comment is unclear (a short
message post seemingly political in nature), the event certainly
highlights the need for increased security with usernames and
passwords," blogged Carl Leonard
senior manager of security research at Websense. "This is becoming even
more important as many sites are now permitting sign-in using accounts
set up in other social networks and services."