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'White hat' hacker breaks into Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook account

A computer hacker broke into Facebook and posted on Mark Zuckerberg's wall to demonstrate a security breach on the social media site. 

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A Palestinian computer hacker, Khalil Shreateh, broke into Mark Zuckerburg's wall, and posted a note to the site's founder to alert Mr. Zuckerberg to a security problem.

Screenshot from Khalil Shreateh's blog

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Where you were last week, what you ate for dinner last night, and those vacation photos from spring break, all of this information – and all of your friends’ comments on these Facebook postings – make up a breadcrumb trail of your life.

So what happens if someone can break into your account and post anything on your wall, without your control?  

That’s just what happened to Facebook founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg over the weekend.

 

A “white hat” hacker – meaning he claims to have no nefarious intentions – broke through layers of security around Mr. Zuckerberg’s account and left a letter to make a point: there was a security breach, and no one was doing anything about it.

To help maintain user security, Facebook offers a “White Hat” bug bounty program. Computer hackers are offered monetary rewards, starting at $500, for discovering a weakness in the social network’s security system.

Khalil Shreateh, a Palestinian computer hacker, submitted information about the vulnerabilities he found in the system to Facebook via e-mail, according to a post made on Mr. Shreateh’s Blogspot site

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