Facebook took down Mark Zuckerberg's fan page yesterday after a hacker broke in and posted a status update masquerading as the social network's CEO — but not before TechCrunch got a screenshot. So how did the nefarious cyber-terrorist decide to deface the wall of one of the world's most famous Internet CEOs? With the following:
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? http://bit.ly/fs6rT3 What do you think? #hackercup2011
A plea for microfinance with a shout-out to a Bangladeshi economist. Huh. Didn't see that one coming. It's kind of endearingly naïve, actually — the idea that the hacker thinks Zuckerberg would want his users to control the company or that funding is the only reason he went to Goldman Sachs.
The most transgressive thing about the hack, which quickly garnered over 1,800 likes and nearly 500 comments, was the fact that it came the day before Facebook announced new security initiatives. And that "hackercup2011" apparently coincides with an intergovernmental effort to make Friday "Data Privacy Day." Bad timing, governments.
Today the company announced it will be using more secure HTTPS connections all the time, even if it may take a little longer to load since it's encrypted. It's also introducing a different kind of captcha — those challenge-response tests that make you type in blurry words to make sure you're not a spambot. Facebook's social version will show you pictures of your friends and give you multiple-choice options to fill in their names. So if you don't want to get locked out of your account, stop friending people you barely know.
“Let The Hacking Begin” Declares Person Who Hacked Zuckerberg’s Facebook Fan Page [TechCrunch]
A Continued Commitment to Security [Facebook Blog]
Facebook Beefs Up Security With Social Captchas and All HTTPS, All The Time [TechCrunch]