Pfizer Yanks Facebook Page After Hacking Incident

The target of the most recent in a spate of hacker attacks on government agencies and large corporations, Pfizer, Inc. has taken down its official Facebook page.

Late on Tuesday, The Script Kiddies, a U.K. hacking group that has been attacking social media sites in the past few months, took the reins of the Manhattan-based pharmaceutical company’s Facebook page and posted unauthorized content. The page had accrued roughly 30,000 followers.

You may recognize the name The Script Kiddies. It is this group that is reportedly responsible for the recent break into the @FoxNewsPolitics Twitter feed, during which the group posted fake reports that President Obama had died, according to Think, a Stony Brook University news website.

The Tuesday hacking, which you can partially see here, was first reported on a website managed by self-titled student activist Zahid Raja.

As part of the attack, red ink blotted out the Pfizer logo and mention of a $2.3 billion settlement the company paid, in response to a 2009 U.S. investigation of its drug-making practice, was made.

In an interview with Raja, which he posted on his website, a Script Kiddies hacktivist called Pfizer a “corrupt corporate American company guilty of cutting corners and killing people . They are guilty of killing people through harmful drugs and clinical tests,” reported Ed Silverman on Pharmalot.com, a pharmaceutical news website.

Pfizer has linked arms with Facebook to uncover how the breach occurred, Pfizer spokesperson Ray Kerins told Peter Loftus of MarketWatch, and hopes to soon restore its presence on the social network.

A spokesman told Pharmalot’s Silverman, “The good news is that no confidential information related to individuals or the company was breached.”

What do you think would be an adequate punishment for these particular hackers?

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