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Let the hacking begin:

Zuckerberg targeted

Louisa Hearn

January 26, 2011 – 1:39PM

Mark Zuckerberg's fan page: 'let the hacking begin'.Mark Zuckerberg’s fan page: ‘let the hacking begin’.

The fan page of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg looks to have been targeted by hackers, who penned a message from the billionaire himself suggesting Facebook be turned into a charity-focused business.

Although the message was swiftly removed, technology websiteTechCruch said it had captured a screen shot of the message that had already attracted 1803 likes and 438 comments.

The idealistic comment began with the words: “Let the hacking begin” and contained a link to a Wikipedia page about social businesses with references to Nobel prize winner Muhammad Yunus.

“If facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn’t Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way?” read part of the message.

Facebook has not yet responded to inquiries about the comment or its origins, but the social networking site has recently been the target of criticism owing to the escalating number of scams tailored specifically to its members.

A survey conducted by security company Sophos this month asking more than 1200 computer users which social network they felt posed the biggest security risk, found that Facebook ranked ahead of its peers by 82 per cent of respondents.

“One thing is certain, and is unlikely to be news that’s welcomed at Facebook HQ. There is a growing perception out there that Facebook isn’t the safest of places to be,” wrote Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley in a recent blog post.

Some of the key threats recently highlighted by Sophos are rogue applications or survey scams that pop up from users’ own Facebook friends who have been tricked into clicking on an interesting looking news headline or YouTube video that then duplicates to everyone in their friend’s list. It then directs them to click on a website or survey, or inadvertently download malware.

One of the offenders now doing the rounds is a fake application that promises to let you see who has been viewing your profile.

Other Facebook scams have been created to target specific individuals, and then take over their accounts, telling friends they are overseas, have been robbed and are in urgent need of money.

Paul Ducklin, head of technology for Sophos Asia Pacific said fan pages such as Zuckerberg’s often granted a large number of company staff the ability to log in.

“Even if everybody with access to the page is straight-as-a-die honest, they could be keylogged, accidentally leave the page logged in, and all sorts of other things could go horribly wrong. The chain is only as strong as weakest link,” he said.

“Facebook does like to be compared to a country, but the flip side of that is how you actually provide for your citizens in terms of things like a bill of rights or a police service.

“If they set higher standards – for example requiring application developers to identify themselves in a way that is likely to be traceable – that would be slightly less convenient and less open but would be hell of a lot better for its 500 million strong community,” said Ducklin.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

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