Pink claims her Facebook page was ‘hacked’

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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PinkPop singer Pink has posted an angry message to hackers, who she claims stole photographs from her Facebook page.

But was Pink’s Facebook page really hacked, or was she just one of the many people who have been careless with their privacy settings?

The Grammy award-winning singer, famous for hit records such as “Get the party started” and “God is a DJ”, posted on Twitter about the incident, but didn’t clarify the nature of the photos the hackers might have accessed.

My first thought was that the photo may be of her baby daughter Willow, after the singer recently railed against “intrusive paparazzi behaviour” as the media clamoured for the first pictures of her child.

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Pink's tweet


Interestingly, Pink seems to be blaming herself for uploading the photograph to Facebook in the first place.

Pink's tweet

it's my own fault 4 posting a picture. i should know better.anyways,there are way more important things in the world than my facebook page.

This is quite astute of Pink. As we’ve said many time times before, if you want to keep something really private – don’t upload it to a website, even if they do claim to have privacy controls in place.

Without further information it’s hard to clarify whether Pink’s Facebook account really was hacked, or whether she was simply sloppy with her privacy settings – allowing people who weren’t friends of hers to view what were presumably private photographs.

Privacy levels for items posted on Facebook

Last month, Facebook announced it was revamping its privacy settings, making it more obvious to users how their uploaded photos, status updates and personal information was being shared.

If Pink is reading this, and wants to learn more about security and privacy issues on Facebook, she is most welcome to joining the Sophos Facebook page, where more than 100,000 people regularly share information on threats and discuss the latest news.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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