The hacker had good intentions. Aww.
If your company is lambasted for being douches in protecting security of its users, the last you would want to happen is getting your CEO’s account hacked. CEO, for god’s sake.
But that’s what happened. Yesterday, a hacker got access to none other than Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook account, but thankfully, instead of going all out like a hacker can, the anonymous intruder instead pitched a business idea. The hack was liked by 1,803 people. Salt on the wounds, anyone?
The message read: “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 think? #hackercup2011”
“The bank” is probably a reference to the $500 million investment made by Goldman Sachs in the company, which is now valued at $50 billion, and which will now allow the company to be assisted when it plans to be listed publicly. The “#hackercup2011″ bit is quite ironic, however – as the name may suggests it is an “annual worldwide programming competition where hackers compete against each other for fame, fortune, glory and a shot at the coveted Hacker Cup.” So why is it ironic, you ask? Because the final round of the ‘competition’ will be held at Facebook HQ on March 11. That would be fun to watch.
It is not clear how the hack was possible, though, according to Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at the security company Sophos. “Mark Zuckerberg might be wanting to take a close look at his privacy and security settings after this embarrassing breach,” he noted. “It’s not clear if he was careless with his password, was phished, or sat down in a Starbucks and got sidejacked [had his login details stolen over the air] 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.”