Facebook Improves Security…. Coincidentally Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Profile Gets Hacked

Yesterday, Facebook announced improvements to their security in the interest of keeping their users safe. Two of these new security measures stand out:

Starting today we’ll provide you with the ability to experience Facebook entirely over HTTPS. You should consider enabling this option if you frequently use Facebook from public Internet access points found at coffee shops, airports, libraries or schools.

That’s a good feature that’s long overdue. Here’s the second:

Instead of showing you a traditional captcha on Facebook, one of the ways we may help verify your identity is through social authentication. We will show you a few pictures of your friends and ask you to name the person in those photos. Hackers halfway across the world might know your password, but they don’t know who your friends are.

Okay. That’s pretty revolutionary. As far as I am aware, nobody else is doing something similar. It might be actually very effective at keeping their users safe. Of course they might have gotten much more mileage out of it if Mark Zuckerburg’s Facebook profile wasn’t hacked the day before:

Last night Zuckerberg’s fan page on the website was attacked by hackers, who took over his page and posted the following message, pretending to be him: “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? http://bit.ly/fs6rT3 What do you think? #hackercup2011.”

Shortly after the message was published, it was ‘liked’ more than 1,800 times and had attracted nearly 500 comments.

Clearly, Zuckerburg needs to implement some of these new security measures on his own profile as he clearly left himself wide open to being pwned as the hackers would say.

One Response to “Facebook Improves Security…. Coincidentally Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Profile Gets Hacked”

  1. I wonder what happens if they show you pictures of your friends who use cartoon characters, scenery and other profile pictures that are not of their face – wonder if their authentication process picks up on that or not?

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