Mark Zuckerberg’s page hacked, taken down

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Mark Zuckerberg's Page on Facebook hacked (Source: MG Siegler/TechCrunch)

Well, turns out the owner of the website that holds your most valuable information (and ships it off to advertisers) is not immune from hacking. Yes, the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, found his Facebook page hacked and vandalised before Facebook shut it down.

According to TechCrunch, among the variety of other sources around the web, the message left on his profile was:

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? What do you think? #hackercup2011

The comment appears to be in response to Facebook’s partnership with US investment firm Goldman Sachs in order to find more shareholders for a potential IPO in 2012. As well, the link cited in the message is a link to a Wikipedia article about “social business”, which is (according to Wikipedia) “a non-loss, non-dividend company designed to address a social objective.”

The page has been taken down, with his Facebook page showing a “Page Not Found” error.

Security analysis company Sophos has posted its own little blog post speculating on how such a thing could happen. Turns out that there isn’t any “two-factor authentication”, as pages – which emulate profiles, except you can only “like” rather than “friend” – allow multiple people to manage. Effectively, this means that any one of the page’s administrators – and could be someone from the PR section of Facebook – could have been hacked, allowing for it to occur. Sounds very familiar, doesn’t it.

This isn’t the only time Facebook’s security on pages has been breached. French President Nicolas Sarkozy had his page hacked, according to The Guardian. The hacker made references of him resigning his office, before Sarkozy was able to regain control of his account and said that he plans on running for re-election for President.