If you are a Facebook fan of the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, or Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, you might have been a little alarmed Thursday, and not because of anything that happened on the field. A Major League Baseball employee reportedly hacked into those teams’ Facebook pages and posted funny and obscene messages, ranging from an announcement of a star player’s sex change to a dig at President Barack Obama.
Not long after an Australian bank announced that it planned to offer the ability to send money and pay bills through Facebook, American financial giant Citibank posted an interesting message to its Facebook page, asking fans if they would bank through Facebook, if given the chance.
One of our readers decided to change their Facebook password and encountered a dialog box asking if they changed it because their account was hacked, or if they just wanted to change it.
A supposedly official Anonymous Twitter account said that the hacktivists will not attack Facebook this Saturday, disputing a videotaped threat uploaded to YouTube.
The seemingly never-ending conflict between Israel and its Mideast neighbors has spread to Facebook, as an Israeli hacker who goes by the name of Hannibal posted the email addresses and passwords of 85,000 users of the social network from Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Security vendors always warn that digital threats will become more sophisticated next year. That’s the gist of Zscaler’s prognostication for 2012.
Beware: The socialbots are coming. These fake profiles mimic real people on Facebook but are actually computer programs that harvest private data from users, and expose them to other security risks.
Happy Halloween: A Facebook account gets compromised once every 140 milliseconds.
Call off the alarms: It turns out that hacktivist group Anonymous is not planning an attack on Facebook on Guy Fawkes Day, November 5.