Mark Zuckerberg Hacking: Not great publicity for Facebook

A lot of social media news at the moment seems to be about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook and only yesterday we looked at the film about Facebook, “The Social Network” and the fact it has been nominated for 8 Oscars this year. We’ve also looked into the growing fortunes of Zuckerberg and Facebook among other posts.

Now we hear some rather unusual news about Mark Zuckerberg as it appears that his Facebook fan page has been hacked into. The news is brought to us from Stan Schroeder over on Mashable, sourced from Tech Crunch, and a message was posted on Facebook looking as though it had come from Zuckerberg. The message said, “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? [LINK] What do you think? #hackercup2011.”

The message and fan page were taken down quickly but many people had already seen it resulting in hundreds of comments and 1,800 likes. John Leyden on The Register also reports on the hacking and tells us a little more about the microcredit concept and Muhammad Yunus, referred to in the message, and also tells of French President Nikolas Sarkozy also being hacked this week.

Zuckerberg’s Facebook fan page being hacked does rather beg the question of how security surrounding his account seems rather lacking and Leyden suggests it could be down to weak password security, which is not exactly great publicity for Facebook. What are your thoughts on this hacking? We’d welcome your comments so please do send them in.