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.