Mark Zuckerberg fan page hacked on Facebook: What really happened?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

There was a lot of hoo-ha and speculation yesterday after Mark Zuckerberg’s official Facebook fan page was updated with an unauthorised post.

Initially, Facebook declined to comment on what – at first glance – appeared to be an embarrassing security faux pas by Zuckerberg or one of his staff authorised to update the page. Understandably there was speculation that Zuckerberg or one of his colleagues might have had their passwords guessed or stolen, or perhaps had been ‘sidejacked’ by a tool such as FireSheep while using an unencrypted free WiFi hotspot.

Those were certainly our first thoughts, but now new information shared by Facebook’s security team with the press tells a different story.

For instance, CNET’s Elinor Mills…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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.

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