Feeds

Pfizer's Facebook page jacked by script kiddies

Viagra firm not hard enough to beat

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer's Facebook page has been defaced by mischief makers.

The rudimentary hack, carried out by a group calling itself The Script Kiddies, resulted in the dissemination of a message saying Pfizer should be stopped because "they're corrupt and the damage they create is senseless".

The hack was captured by The Hawthorne Effect blog here. According to Paul Ducklin at Sophos, it looks as if the account was hijacked after someone managed to guess the password of a person working for Pfizer's PR firm who had access to the page.

The account has since been restored and, presumably, tightened up with a more robust password.

More and more firms are being encouraged to dip their toes into social media, but unless they learn about the basics of computer security, this sort of thing is an accident waiting to happen. This point is even more pertinent in the frequent cases where such interactions are outsourced to third-party communications agencies, as discussed in a blog post by net security firm Sophos here.

The Script Kiddies previously claimed credit for a Fox News Twitter hack that spread false rumours of the fictitious assassination of US President Barack Obama. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
More alleged private, nude celeb pics appear online
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares
Senior Lib Dem in 'trying to be relevant' shocker. It's only taxpayers' money, after all
Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables
Why mess with armoured 10kV cables when land-based, and legal, snoop tools are easier?
TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab
Be afeared, me hearties, these scoundrels be spying our signals
Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign
Claim of tapped undersea cable refuted by Kiwi PM as Kim claims extradition plot
Freenode IRC users told to change passwords after securo-breach
Miscreants probably got in, you guys know the drill by now
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
BitTorrent's peer-to-peer chat app Bleep goes live as public alpha
A good day for privacy as invisble.im also reveals its approach to untraceable chats
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
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?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.