Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page hacked

A Palestinian researcher made apparent a security flaw on the social network

By Natasha Lennard
Published August 19, 2013 3:43PM (EDT)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg                (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, having failed to heed warnings from a Palestinian researcher about a flaw in the social network's security, was himself subject to a hack on his Facebook page.

A post appeared on Zuckerberg's page, reading:

"First, sorry for breaking your privacy and post to your wall," wrote Khalil Shreateh in slightly broken English. "I ha[ve] no other choice to make after all the reports I sent to Facebook team."

Facebook has announced that the flaw, which enabled Shreateh to post onto any user's wall, regardless of their privacy settings, has been fixed.

As CNN reported:

Shreateh, who describes himself as an unemployed security researcher with a degree in information systems, said he found a hole in Facebook's systems that let him post to any user's page, including users not on his Friends list.

Such an exploit would be a virtual gold mine for spammers, scam artists and others seeking to take advantage of the site's roughly 1 billion users worldwide.

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email

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