Thursday, January 27, 2011

Founder Facebook Account Hacked - Security Measures Get Stacked

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg had his Official Mark Zuckerberg fan page allegedly hacked (Has anyone seen Facebook confirm or comment?).

The post read:

"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 Price winner Muhammad Yunus described it? What do you think? #hackercup2011"

A day later after the alleged, but not confirmed, hacking occurred, two security measures were announced on the Facebook blog:

1.  Secure use while on public networks:
The Facebook Blog announced this week that HTTPS (S for secure) will be available throughout your session of Facebook and not just during logon.

Usually new options on Facebook are set to "automatically opt in" unless you turn the feature off.  In this case, you have to go to the effort to turn the security features on.  This approach seems counter-culture and has left security and privacy experts a little confused as to why it did not follow the "automatically opted in" approach.

2.  Social Authentication:
If Facebook spots activity that seems fraudulent it may prompt the user to identify one of their friend's photos.  Hmmm...make sure you are look at your friend's photo albums so you are up to speed on their latest look and sense of fashion.

"Facebook unveils new security measures",  Josh Smith, National Journal, January 26, 2011.

"Mark Zuckerberg Facebook account hacked", Matthew Shaer, The Christian Science Monitor, January 26, 2011.

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