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Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Page Hacked

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the because-you-can dept.

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dinscott writes "An unknown hacker broke into the 26-year-old internet celebrity's Facebook account and posted a bizarre message calling upon the firm to adopt a social cause. More than 1800 people 'liked' the update before Facebook took down their CEO's page. Facebook has made no public statement about how the hack occurred, possibly to save their CEO from embarrassment."

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158 comments

In other news... (1, Offtopic)

Magada (741361) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008146)

The new /. still sucks. Yeah, mod me offtopic. I'll take the karma hit for a good cause.

Re:In other news... (0, Offtopic)

drunkennewfiemidget (712572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008246)

WTF. I just came to /. for the first time since the update. If anyone mods you down, it's unreasonable. This really is shit. What a convoluted mess.

MOD PARENTS UP! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008560)

Even the threshold slider is broken. The editing AND programming done by this site appears to be done by those with no more than a two-year community college degree. How STUPID can you people be to release something that is broken for most of the users? How is this supposed to be better? Please, enlighten me. Is it better because it looks new? Because you decided to surprise everyone? Come on. Enlighten me.
 
--TSP

Re:MOD PARENTS UP! (1)

mehemiah (971799) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008622)

its open source, Patches accepted.

Re:MOD PARENTS UP! (1)

Magada (741361) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008648)

Accepted where? By whom? Should I mail them to support@slashdot.org?

Re:MOD PARENTS UP! (1)

HarrySquatter (1698416) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008668)

Or they could just get off their lazy asses and actually fix bugs rather than just throwing more and more Web 2.0 junk on the site. Major, and hugely obvious, bugs like that should have never been pushed into production.

Zuckerberg is human... (1)

kevinkite (1028024) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008776)

On topic: He can be phished or bypassed just like 99% of the networked populations... Off topic/with parent: I can't see any stories on the front page. I got here from my igoogle gadget because that's the only place I can read the headlines. IE8 (at the office so no way of changing) if that helps.

Re:MOD PARENTS UP! (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008994)

No patches required. Just revert. All parent posters are correct. This looks worse. This performs worse. This should have been detected in testing.

Re:MOD PARENTS UP! (1)

RobertM1968 (951074) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009718)

Even the threshold slider is broken. The editing AND programming done by this site appears to be done by those with no more than a two-year community college degree. How STUPID can you people be to release something that is broken for most of the users? How is this supposed to be better? Please, enlighten me. Is it better because it looks new? Because you decided to surprise everyone? Come on. Enlighten me. --TSP

That's funny, the slider works fine for me. AND the site is a LOT faster than the previous nightmare (and more streamlined).

Re:In other news... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008334)

Hey, I got here from Googling my idol and my favorite site, Facebook.

This is sooo great here, ya know! It looks so kewl here! Can I make you my friend? I could use some of these karma hits you talk about myself. My life has been pretty sucky ....

Hey, this Slash Dot site is pretty good? Where's the Sash dot button on Facebook? .... My buddy theodore saw my face on Starbaucks ad! Isn't that kewl! This is rock'in! I think I'll put this page on my wall.

--Biffy

Re:In other news... (1, Offtopic)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008394)

I'm waiting for the "What do you think of the redesign?" poll. There are multiple scenarios in which /. simply became unusable.
Oh, and by all means mod me down too. If nobody criticizes, nothing will change.

Re:In other news... (0)

lorenzo.boccaccia (1263310) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008498)

sign me up to be modded down.

also, does this the fix idle damned css, other than breaking everything else?
(oh wow now I'm forced to preview too?)

Re:In other news... (1)

mehemiah (971799) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008652)

you've been forced to preview for a while haven't u?

Re:In other news... (2)

Magada (741361) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008732)

Hey... I just checked. The project log for slashcode on sourceforge is empty. The project seems unmaintained.

Re:In other news... (0)

commodore6502 (1981532) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008592)

Dear moderators:

If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. (i.e. I'll create a third commodoreXXX account and just post the same message again. I will not be censored by governments nor corporations like slashfrak.) Like so:

Back to topic:

(1) Yes I'm sure the hacking of the CEO's account will make a few heads roll at today's meetings. "Why was this allowed to happen?" will be the shouted words while the managers trip over each other trying to fix the mess & do damage control so they don't get fired.

(2) This new interface sucks. First my classic, text-only settings have disappeared which slows donw loading a LOT. Second the Menus and "reply" buttons do not appear on Mozilla Seamonkey or Opera. I have to set the "mask as internet explorer" flag to trick slashdot into believing Mozilla/Opera are IE. Bogus.

Re:In other news... (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009106)

(2) This new interface sucks. First my classic, text-only settings have disappeared which slows donw loading a LOT. Second the Menus and "reply" buttons do not appear on Mozilla Seamonkey or Opera. I have to set the "mask as internet explorer" flag to trick slashdot into believing Mozilla/Opera are IE. Bogus.

http://slashdot.org/users.pl?op=editcomm [slashdot.org] should help a little. You only get this link of javascript is turned off (and turning javascript off doesn't seem to help the D2 CPU hogging, BTW).

Haha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008602)

I hate to be mean, but I hate Facebook even more. What an ass Zuckerberg is and so are the doofs that use facebook. Say goodbye to your privacy you plebian uneducated dolts.

Security (5, Interesting)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008154)

Maybe he'll start taking privacy and security seriously now, but probably not.

Re:Security (5, Insightful)

mysidia (191772) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008284)

Perhaps, but probably only his privacy and security. He can't give up the advertising revenue; it's FB's lifeblood.

Re:Security (-1, Offtopic)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008722)

Great..what the hell did Slashdot do this time, to fsck up my browsing experience.

*sigh*

I hope in preferences there is a way to revert back yet again to classic slashdot...

Re:Security (3, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008754)

What do you mean? An African or European slashdot?

Re:Security (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008780)

"What do you mean? An African or European slashdot?"

I assumed universal, bit if picking...American.

Geez, I can't find shit in here...and when trying to hit options (with firefox), looks like half the options aren't showing up...

Re:Security (0)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009232)

That's nothing, wait until you try to view this reply from your user page!

All I had was HaZardman27's comment at the top then I had to click on all the replies to get to yours.

Slashdot is borked. Let's create our own Slashdot, with blackjack and hookers. In fact, forget Slashdot!

Re:Security (1)

IshmaelDS (981095) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009562)

Only half your options aren't working? I click on options and my window goes dark for a second and them I'm back. No movement at all.

Re:Security (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009756)

Just to be sure, you're talking about an unladen slashdot, right?

Re:Security (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008970)

I agree. ./ has never worked well in my versions of Chrome, and I just can't look at this new style. There's too much whitespace; it's too '2.0' looking. Never mind the terrible drop in quality of submissions and posts. Prolly time to stop coming here ... again.

Easy for them to adopt a social cause (2)

h00manist (800926) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008740)

All they need to do is create "citizen council groups" organized by zip code or something, put everyone inside one, set some default topics such as health and education or public representative responsiveness, and they're done.

Re:Security (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008802)

>>>probably only his privacy and security. He can't give up the advertising revenue; it's FB's lifeblood.

Or as we used to say more succinctly in my college days:
"He's a sellout."

Re:Security (1)

theaveng (1243528) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008856)

"He's a sellout."

Pretty much.
Like your signature, and it's sadly accurate: "My Dialup plan provides more data (13GB) than Verizon Wireless (5GB)." Or VirginMobile or Cricket or Sprint, also with 5GB caps. - A modern cellphone internet should not be providing LESS data than the old 56k plans.

Re:Security (0, Offtopic)

commodore6502 (1981532) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008364)

1) This new interface sucks. First my classic, text-only settings have disappeared which slows donw loading a LOT. Second the Menus and "reply" buttons do not appear on Mozilla Seamonkey or Opera. I have to set the "mask as internet explorer" flag to trick slashdot into believing Mozilla/Opera are IE. Bogus.

2) Back to topic:

Yes I'm sure the hacking of the CEO's account will make a few heads roll at today's meetings. "Why was this allowed to happen?" will be the shouted words while the managers trip over each other trying to fix the mess & do damage control so they don't get fired.

Re:Security (1)

Rockoon (1252108) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009954)

Perhaps you were already masking as FireFox?

Identify as Opera works perfectly with Opera.

GURU MEDITATION. Comment rejected. (-1, Offtopic)

commodore6502 (1981532) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008428)

Frak. I didn't know slashdot ran on a Commodore Amiga. Perhaps a 4000 with 68060 (75 mhz)?

aside - Mac OS running on an Amiga
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_ElgKvKFuY [youtube.com]

Re:Security (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008610)

What does this have to do with privacy? Are you suggesting that if someone is able to successfully login into your Facebook page, including you, they should be unable to see any personal information? Might as well close down the site.

if zuckerberg went away for a while (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008178)

and built up a few different anonymous networks of relationships incognito in Europe and Asia,

and came back, and realized "Shit. This network of Friends is totally useless for adding my new friends and lovers."

Then he would finally fix Facebook and make it appropriate for me to use. Until then, like all serious billionaires, celebrities, politicians, and just Renaissance men -- I'm holding out. Good luck, Mark.

Re:if zuckerberg went away for a while (2)

FredFredrickson (1177871) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008424)

That is the issue. It puts people who shouldn't know each other into one giant cesspool. Not all my friends are friends with each other.

Re:if zuckerberg went away for a while (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008524)

it's even worse for people like me who were vegan activists but also were in the military. Come on.

Re:if zuckerberg went away for a while (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008594)

it's even worse for people like me who were vegan activists but also were in the military. Come on.

"Don't ask Don't Tell?"

Then there's the ex-girlfriends issue, the MCSE studygroup vs Linux club issue, the "friend both my parole officer and my dealer" issue.

Also I strongly dislike the binary "friend" / "notfriend" situation. Can't they at least make it a small range of integers? I was meaning to delete my account for awhile, the thing that made me do it was this burnout dude from over two decades ago whom I hung out with in study hall a couple times wanted to friend me, and I'm thinking, so this dude and my wife are supposedly on the same level, according to facebook's way of thinking?

P.S. I use "whom" in every post to offend certain people. If this does not apply to you, please disregard the whom and this postscript.

Re:if zuckerberg went away for a while (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008748)

You can create friend lists and have people on that list get a very restricted view.

What I do is create an extremely restrictive list. Then if someone with a name I don't recognize (some random nick) and a profile photo I don't recognize (say some cartoon character) tries to add me as friend, and based on mutual friends it seems like I might know him, I can put him on the restrictive list first. Once I do that, since I am now his "friend" (and assuming he doesn't have "friends" default to restricted access) I can more easily figure out who he is, based on photos etc.

Of course there could be bugs, or FB could always change stuff.

Re:if zuckerberg went away for a while (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009172)

And you just added him to your Facebook "web of trust", so now everyone you know will also add him as a friend. A ton of people I went to highschool with friended a fake person on Facebook, and when I asked them about it, they said they did it because others apparently knew "her". It's just like pgp/gnupg's web of trust, except people don't check at all. There are several people who never defriended "her" after I pointed out this person was lying every step of the way.

Re:if zuckerberg went away for a while (2)

RadioElectric (1060098) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008844)

Can't they at least make it a small range of integers? I was meaning to delete my account for awhile, the thing that made me do it was this burnout dude from over two decades ago whom I hung out with in study hall a couple times wanted to friend me, and I'm thinking, so this dude and my wife are supposedly on the same level, according to facebook's way of thinking?

This is troubling you because you are letting Facebook influence the way that you're thinking. It is not some official list for keeping track of what your relationships are with the people that you know. I'd actually find such a thing abhorrent. What it does let you do is let you communicate selectively with a pre-defined (by you!) group of people. Is there really much you'd want to communicate privately to your wife that you wouldn't say or do in-person anyway?

Re:if zuckerberg went away for a while (1)

story645 (1278106) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009916)

You can use filters, groups, and security settings to manage the different types of friends (like livejournal), but the fine-graining is a total pain to enact retroactively if you've got more than a dozen or so friends.

Re:if zuckerberg went away for a while (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008586)

I recently joined back up with Facebook after a friend of mine criticized me by pointing out you can't "make the internet better if you aren't using it like the people you want to 'help' are." Immediately after creating my account I saw things I didn't want to see. Who wants to sign on to a webpage and be shown pictures of dead friends and ex-girlfriends with it suggesting you be friends? Since then its only gotten worse. People I don't want to be friends with want to friend me which leaves the terrible choice of accepting them, causing other people to wonder why exactly it is that you are friends with this person, or ignore them and give them the satisfaction of knowing you still dislike them.

I'm very interested in contributing to Diaspora. Does anybody know if the culture is accepting of new people or any tips on how to get in to the dev community?

Re:if zuckerberg went away for a while (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008724)

People I don't want to be friends with want to friend me which leaves the terrible choice of accepting them, causing other people to wonder why exactly it is that you are friends with this person, or ignore them and give them the satisfaction of knowing you still dislike them.

Even funnier is when they start comparing whom you accept and reject ... So the guy I sat next to in "diversity training" for four freaking hours is now annoyed at me for not accepting his friend, when he knows I friended his coworker who sent me exactly one work related email but I liked his sig line so he made the cut.

Even funnier when it spills over into work... I was not involved, but I heard of some pretty serious problems where some people would only friend coworkers or reject coworkers of certain racial ancestry, onsite in office behavior was professional but their facebook activities spilled over into work. (And I bet you're already assuming American White vs American Black but it was actually Indians vs Pakistanis, I am not involved but I understand they do not exactly get along)

Re:if zuckerberg went away for a while (1)

gislifb (1979154) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008822)

Concerning Diaspora. I signed up for an invite some 3 months ago and still nothing. So it seems they aren't sending out invites and if they are, they are doing it really slow.

Re:if zuckerberg went away for a while (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008826)

People I don't want to be friends with want to friend me which leaves the terrible choice of accepting them, causing other people to wonder why exactly it is that you are friends with this person, or ignore them and give them the satisfaction of knowing you still dislike them.

What is this, highschool? If you're still that hung up on what people think about you and who you associate with, you have a bit of growing up left to do.

Re:if zuckerberg went away for a while (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009090)

Ever broken up with somebody, dated another girl, then got back together with the first girl? Its generally significant others that have a problem with the contents of your Facebook page. Its difficult to be petty on behalf of somebody else when you think it would reflect poorly on you and you're half-hearted in the whole process. Keep in mind the purpose of the account was to explore the faults of social networks as they are now. Having said that, I am pretty anxious about social contact and don't like to offend people. I understand this means I still have some work to do, but that doesn't mean it isn't a problem with Facebook where a lot of the users are in fact in high school still.

Re:if zuckerberg went away for a while (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009434)

Who wants to sign on to a webpage and be shown pictures of dead friends and ex-girlfriends with it suggesting you be friends?

The ex-girlfriends I'm okay with (they usually try to friend right away), but the dead-friends thing is creepy. I wish a friend of mine would stop maintaining her sister's memorial page...

I'm still pissed ... (5, Funny)

KillaBeave (1037250) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008202)

... that he shot Bill Murray.

What was his password? (1)

kmdrtako (1971832) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008204)

"password" or "123456"?

Re:What was his password? (1)

lahs0n (892621) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009096)

No username.

Password "admin".

Re:What was his password? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009134)

"password" or "XXXXXX"?

OT: Interesting security related thing about the new slashdot redesign, if you put your /. password into the comment, it will automatically be replaced with XXXXXX to protect your privacy...

Re:What was his password? (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009226)

Let me try: My password is i<3Taco. :)

Re:What was his password? (1)

One Monkey (1364919) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009472)

but my password is XXXXXX... so I'd better make sure not to type XXXXXX into this comment or else everyone will be able to see that it's XXXXXX.

It will teach him... (2)

FranckMartin (1899408) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008212)

..not to let his computer unlocked at the office when he goes to have a piss!

His Fan Page, Not His Account (5, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008214)

An unknown hacker broke into the 26-year-old internet celebrity's Facebook account

I don't think that's an accurate account of what happened. It was his Fan Page [washingtonpost.com] , not his personal page. That may or may not have been updated by him -- most likely it was some staff or fan of Zuckerberg.

Re:His Fan Page, Not His Account (5, Insightful)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008508)

Why let a little thing like facts get in the way of a good headline

Re:His Fan Page, Not His Account (1)

HuckleCom (690630) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008730)

He prolly doesn't post his own stuff to his -own- account either

Re:His Fan Page, Not His Account (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009372)

He "probably" doesn't spell it prolly.

Re:His Fan Page, Not His Account (5, Funny)

anti-pop-frustration (814358) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009018)

Mark Zuckerberg has "fans"?

I guess sycophancy and worshiping the rich never goes out of style.

if you click "like" on this (1)

nopainogain (1091795) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008220)

does he create a list and delete your account?

Re:if you click "like" on this (1)

jimmerz28 (1928616) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008758)

One of my friends quoted the headline on his wall and it was removed by Facebook. So that's probably not far off...

*yawn* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008240)

*yawn* *yawn* *yawn*

New job opening (5, Insightful)

Kildjean (871084) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008274)

Will be available soon because someone will get fired today... I can tell you that...

Re:New job opening (3)

corbettw (214229) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008880)

Yes, that's the proper course of action to take when something goes wrong: immediately affix blame and fire the person who made a mistake. Let's not take the time to learn from our mistakes and ensure we don't repeat them, just get rid of anyone who is at all imperfect.

This is why you are (probably) not in management and never will be. If you are in management, this is why your employees hate you.

Re:New job opening (2)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009124)

Yes, that's the proper course of action to take when something goes wrong: immediately affix blame and fire the person who made a mistake. Let's not take the time to learn from our mistakes and ensure we don't repeat them, just get rid of anyone who is at all imperfect.

This is why you are (probably) not in management and never will be. If you are in management, this is why your employees hate you.

Meanwhile, here in reality... How likely you are to get fired is directly proportional to how public your mistake is or was.

For example, if you make a public mistake on a website everyone's heard of odds are your head will be on the chopping block because investors need to see problems are dealt with swiftly and efficiently. If you just spill coffee on your company-issued laptop you're probably just going to get reprimanded and not allowed to have another one but you keep your job because you only made yourself look bad.

Re:New job opening (2)

TheSeventh (824276) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009566)

Depends on the company. At a company I was doing contract work for, one of their engineers made a dumb mistake, by not paying enough attention to detail, (only a modest amount was needed anyway), and it ended up costing the company $500K. He wasn't fired, but his department and others had to come up with ways to keep it from happening again.

Knowing that the chances of you getting fired are pretty low for making even a stupid mistake helps people to acknowledge and own up to the mistakes faster and with less fear. Then the problems can be dealt with and fixed on a timely basis.

Thinking you might be fired if people find out about your mistake leads to people trying to hide it, cover it up, blame it on someone else, or do whatever they can to keep people from finding out that they did it. This makes it much more difficult to identify, track down, and come up with solutions for the problem.

Which would you rather have your employees doing?

Re:New job opening (1)

Worthless_Comments (987427) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009278)

That was the joke. You know, that it isn't the proper course of action.

But hey, wrongly assume you know what someone is talking about then start talking down to them and tell them they'll never be a success? Yep! Can definitely tell you're in management. Keep up the good work, somebody has to prove the stereotypes!

Re:New job opening (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009284)

You're making a lot of assumptions. Maybe he's just pointing out the way most companies would handle the situation, that doesn't mean he would handle it the same way. I know at every company I have worked there would be a new job opening up, had this happened there.

Re:New job opening (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009432)

I haven't seen any evidence that having a fire-someone-immediately mentality keeps anyone out of management. Except of course the people who are on the receiving end of it. I've seen it (including up close and personal) more times than I want to think about.

Re:New job opening (3, Funny)

locallyunscene (1000523) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009540)

I don't think they can fire Mark Zuckerberg.

Re:New job opening (1)

denshao2 (1515775) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009774)

And the hacker will be hired.

Nelson says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008326)

HA HA!

would your holiness care to change his password? (2)

Hydian (904114) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008386)

Maybe god wasn't a good choice of passwords for the superuser account? He should have read the memo.

Re:would your holiness care to change his password (1)

Spectre (1685) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009268)

Maybe god wasn't a good choice of passwords for the superuser account? He should have read the memo.

S'okay, the new password will be selected from the following list:
love
sex
secret
(since, "god" has already been used it has been locked out).

excellent. Now do /. (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008396)

The next thing that needs to be hacked and improved is /.

I can't even imagine what can be done to the site at this point to make it any more ugly and less user friendly.

You can't invent anything better than BBS for this type of a system anyway.

Re:excellent. Now do /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008490)

Removing about 25 or 50% of the left padding for the comments boxes would be a good start.

Roy Castillo (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008414)

A few hours ago, many people were tweeting of a Facebook status update from someone called Roy Castillo appearing on their Facebook Wall. Could this be related?

Serves him right. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008504)

Suffer you brat!

Gold (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008570)

Aww man this is just too good.

who cares .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008658)

the guys a schmuck anyway !

Just geos to show.. (1)

Stenchwarrior (1335051) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008686)

..no matter how much security you try to put around something, someone else can always get around it. That's the nature of the game and I hope it never changes.

Please god where is the like buton for this.... (4, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008694)

Kudos to the person that "hacked" it. what a better way to highlight the security problems with facebook than to target the head cheese.

Weird. That's just a few days after (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008702)

the Facebook page of french president Nicolas Sarkozy was hacked twice in a row. (see http://translate.google.fr/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=fr&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.liberation.fr%2Fpolitiques%2F01012316015-la-page-facebook-de-sarkozy-a-nouveau-piratee&act=url)

Is there a little-known vulnerability being exploited again and again, or what?

"Causes" (1)

Fibe-Piper (1879824) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008714)

I get spammed by those "Causes" people all the time!

password complexity - entrophy calculation, etc... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35008752)

This is also what I think of entropy of most "security question" methods used to reset passwords. This video sums it up succinctly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JNGI1dI-e8 [youtube.com]

I love consultants (3, Funny)

snookiex (1814614) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008796)

From TFA:

Facebook users - famous or not - need to take better care of their social networking security," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

Scott Adams has depicted them in so many ways [dilbert.com] ...

wtf (0)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008830)

How are we sure Slashdot hasn't been hacked.

Go ahead and mod this down, karma be damned... this is disconcerting.

One known vulnerability (5, Informative)

OverkillTASF (670675) | more than 3 years ago | (#35008910)

One of my associates manages the Facebook page of a local baseball team. A while back, they started getting iPhone spam posted to their team's Facebook page. No one could tell why. He was changing passwords, taking away peoples' access, running offline virus scans on their hard drives... Losing his mind with it. Each time one of these messages got posted, they'd lose 1,000 fans due to the spam. That's a big deal for companies that use Facebook. Turns out, the issue was due to the "mobile updates" feature. According to him, there's a random email address that you send updates to, and that gets posted to your page. This is not something you can disable, you can only request that the address be changed. The result is that you can basically spam a whole ton of random email addresses in this format and get your message posted to a load of random Facebook pages. Facebook has not been helpful in stopping this or disabling this feature for their account. Since then, I have seen this happen to my girlfriend's Facebook page as well as her friends', etc. This vulnerability is a wide spread problem. It may not be what happened in TFA (I did not read it), but it's out there. And it's insane.

Re:One known vulnerability (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009298)

Someone needs to tell facebook that obscurity != security

Re:One known vulnerability (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009410)

"One of my associates manages the Facebook page of a local baseball team. A while back, they started getting iPhone spam posted to their team's Facebook page...."

and there was this one time, in band camp, that......

Hacker Cup (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009302)

It's probably part of the Hacker Cup competition there holding.

Well I guess... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009558)

that's why you don't use passwords like "IAMGOD" Mr. Zuckerberg

Good. Karma? (1)

mujadaddy (1238164) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009612)

~nt~

Firesheep'D (1)

Godskitchen (1017786) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009618)

^^

Hackercup 2011 (2)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009714)

Why would Facebook host something called Hackercup 2011 and NOT expect something like this to happen during it? It would be like me going to Def Con with a Windows XP machine, use they open wireless network, and get pissed and think it is weird that my computer got hacked. Seriously. Also, I checked the "Hackercup 2011" stuff they are doing, and it should be called just another programming competition. You put the word hacker in there, and something is getting hacked, for real. Maybe ol' zucky-poo should have thought that one out better. They should let the unknown hacker win the Hacker cup since he did a hack cool enough to not just make headlines, but some people that posted the headline to their status got it removed by FB. I would say that the person won regardless of what the even was (the hacker clearly marked at the end that this had to do with the Hackercup)

Ultimate Facebook security... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009722)

I have the ultimate FB security - no account. Tastes great, less filling.

Security hole ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009766)

It's just like in France, Nicolas Sarkozy's page (lol) was hacked 2 times in 2 days.

"Hacked"? (1)

a Flatbed Darkly (1964478) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009936)

It's clear that none of Facebook's code was compromised, otherwise other high-profile pages would be being defaced. What's more likely here is that, through some human flaw of easy security questions or simple passwords (I can't see the Zuck or his immediate staff using unsecured wifi), the account was compromised. Ergo, not a hack. That pedantry aside, I'm very much pleased to see Facebook knocked down a peg or two, especially in the area of security.

Sarkozy's page was hacked too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009966)

I wonder if there's a link? The French president's facebook account was hacked twice over the last two days (see Le Monde for details).

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