Mark Zuckerberg, the multi-billionaire king of the Facebook empire, had his own personal fan page attacked last night, calling further into question the security of the world’s largest social networking site.
The hacker left the following status update whilst under the guise of Zuckerberg himself:
“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? //bit.ly/fs6rT3 What do you think? #hackercup2011″
The message refers to investments made by Goldman Sachs and a Russian venture capital firm, which have pushed Facebook’s valuation to around the $50 billion mark.
While the communistic suggestion of some sort of social funding will never be more than a pipedream, the hacker’s message inspired over 1,800 fans to “Like” the update, suggesting discontent from Facebook users at the social network’s ever-deeper involvement with outside investors, particularly given the bad rap banks have been getting since the economic collapse.
The hack also raises the question: “If Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook account isn’t safe from attack, whose is?” It’s a worrying thought that one of the most influential men on the internet, and something of a programming genius himself, has been made to look so very vulnerable.
“Mark Zuckerberg might be wanting to take a close look at his privacy and security settings after this embarrassing breach,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at the security company Sophos.
“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. But however it happened, it’s left egg on his face just when Facebook wants to reassure users that it takes security and privacy seriously. Maybe Mr Zuckerberg would be wise to get a refresher on computer security best practice.”
No news official word out from Facebook yet, but the attack will certainly come as a blow to the network so keen to stress the importance of the advances made to improve their security systems.