Did Facebook founder hack into journalists’ private email accounts?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

You don’t have to be a long-term follower of the computer security stories we’ve shared on the Sophos website over the years to know that young people sometimes do stupid things.

On Friday last week, as I was flying back from the RSA Conference in San Francisco, a news story emerged online claiming that Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg hacked into the private email accounts of two journalists in 2004.

According to the report, two reporters of the “Harvard Crimson” student newspaper were the victims of a hack after Zuckerberg became concerned that they would run a story examining similarities between the then fledgling Facebook website and a similar (and now defunct website) called ConnectU.

The three Harvard students behind the ConnectU website were in a now well-publicised dispute with Zuckerberg, who…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.