Facebook founder's fan page hacked – or was it?

A message posted to the fan page read: "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."

Unsurprisingly, as news of the 'hack' spread, the page was then ' liked' by several thousand users, and attracted hundreds of comments.

Early indications are that the 'hack' may have been a joke, but whatever the reason, Infosecurity notes that the Facebook founder's profile in security circles has not improved any.

Facebook appears to have removed the page concerned, but is staying quiet on what actually happened.

Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant with Sophos, noted that the apparent hacking of the 26-year-old celebrity founder of Facebook's fan page comes just days after the security of the French president's own Facebook account was also compromised.

Cluley said that Facebook users, whether they are famous or not, need to take better care of their social networking security.

"Mark Zuckerberg might be wanting to take a close look at his privacy and security settings after this embarrassing breach. It's not clear if he was careless with his password, was phished, or sat down in a Starbucks and got sidejacked while using an unencrypted wireless network, but however it happened, it's left egg on his face just when Facebook wants to reassure users that it takes security and privacy seriously", he said in his security blog.

"Maybe Mr Zuckerberg would be wise to get a refresher on computer security best practice", he added.

Despite Cluley's comments, the entire affair has been very widely reported in cyberspace, Infosecurity notes, which has given rise to suggestions on some forums that that incident may have been a stunt by marketing people within Facebook.

Either way, Facebook's press people are not making any comment of the fan page 'hack', although Infosecurity notes that creating a fan page on Facebook is a relatively easy task, as is the posting of extra comments.

Although the pages have been removed, Sophos has posted a video of the incident on YouTube.

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