Feeds

Zuckerberg's Facebook page hacked

Pranky protest pwnage

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page was hacked on Tuesday to promote an alternative business plan for the social network site.

Unknown pranksters defaced the page with a message suggesting that Facebook ought to allow ordinary users to invest in the site in a "social way", rather than getting its financing from the banks.

The message referenced the microcredit concept promoted by Nobel Peace Prize winning economist Muhammad Yunus.

Microcredit involves extending small loans to poor people without collateral in order to help them pull themselves out of poverty. The brief defacement fails to explain how an idea that helped many people in the developing world might be applied to Facebook.

The alternative manifesto, appended with the hacker tag #hackercup2011, gained the thumbs up ("like") of more than 1800 people before the social network restored the boy-droid page to normal.

It's unclear how the hack took place, but weak password security by the team of minions maintaining the page is the most likely explanation.

The incident follows a similar hack on the profile of French President Nicolas Sarkozy earlier this week. A badly-worded update posted by miscreants falsely suggested Mr Carla Bruni would not seek re-election next year.

Screenshots of the Zuckerberg hack can be found in a blog post by net security firm Sophos here. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV
Yes, we know Macs 'don't get viruses', but when they do this code'll spot 'em
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Why weasel words might not work for Whisper
CEO suspends editor but privacy questions remain
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
BlackEnergy crimeware coursing through US control systems
US CERT says three flavours of control kit are under attack
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.