There was a lot of speculation after Mark Zuckerberg’s official Facebook fan page was hacked and updated with an unauthorised post.
At first glance it appeared to be an embarrassing security flaw by Zuckerberg or one of his staff authorised to update the page. Understandably there was speculation that Zuckerberg or one of his colleagues might have had their passwords guessed or stolen, or perhaps had been ‘sidejacked’ by a tool such asFireSheep while using an unencrypted free WiFi hotspot.
But now the Facebook Team has revealed what actually happened.
So What Actually Happened?
Facebook discovered that an API bug allowed unauthorised parties to post status updates to public Facebook fan pages.
This meant that personal information wasn’t stolen from anyone’s Facebook account – which is a very good thing.
So the case wasnt that Facebook Creator Mark was hacked or sniffed while he was logging into fanpage. Also the case is not that all the Facebook User’s Personal Infos. were leaked on the Internet.
Instead, it turns out that the true story of the Zuckerberg fan page hack is much worse. Because a vulnerability in Facebook’s code allowed unauthorised parties to post updates to pages, which could have potentially been used for the purposes of phishing, spam and even malicious attack.
And it wasn’t just Zuckerberg’s fan page which was affected. Facebook declined to say which other pages had been hit by hackers exploiting the vulnerability – but it appears that other “high-profile” pages were also impacted.
Facebook has not revealed whether they believed that French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s fan page ,which was also breached earlier this week had been affected by the same bug, but the suspicion must be there.
So Will My Fanpage Be At Risk?
Well, the good news is that Facebook says the API bug has now been fixed. They haven’t, however, said if they have informed the owners of any other Facebook fan pages or removed posts which may have been published via the flaw.
So, if you are the administrator of a popular page on Facebook, it wouldn’t do any harm to check that all is in order. You may also want to ensure that your public forums are regularly monitored just in case a similar incident occurs in the future, which might result in your Facebook fans receiving unauthorised updates.
Last Tip For Safe Facebooking
As always stay away from facebook spams. Dont click Links like “omg!! look what this blah blah blah” etc.