Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's personal fan page on the social networking site has been hacked.
According to a report on TechCrunch, a status update was posted on the uber-geek's profile yesterday, with the following message:
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 Prize winner Muhammad Yunus described it? http://bit.ly/fs6rT3 What do you think? #hackercup2011
The shortened URL link leads to a Wikipedia page entitled 'Social business', fuelling speculation that the breach was carried out by disgruntled activists.
Exactly how the hackers gained access to the personal account of Time's Person of the Year is, at present, a mystery - but, being a busy man, we imagine Mr Zuckerberg employs a team of minions to bestow his 'personal' musings on the 500 million faithful.
If the security breach was the fault of a loose-lipped insider, it's another example of what Australians call the 'Vodafone Problem'. [For Britons, the 'Vodafone Problem' might be better characterised as an unwillingness to pay a fair rate of corporation tax.]
As Sophos' Naked Security blog notes, "By giving passwords to all its dealers, and giving them access to pretty much all of the Vodafone Australia customer management system - including PII, call records and customer security codes - the mobile phone giant pretty much guaranteed that the wheels would come off, sooner or later."
It seems the security of any organisation - even one with the clout of Facebook - is only as strong as its weakest link.
And if Facebook can't keep its founder's account private, how safe is yours?