Hacking Mark Zuckerberg's Page for the Common (Facebook) Good?

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Aug. 19 2013 7:54 PM

Hacker Apologizes for Hacking Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Page (While Hacking It)

Khalil Zuckerberg
An apparent screenshot of Mark Zuckerberg’s timeline posted by Khalil Shreateh on his blog.

Khalil Shreateh

Palestinian programmer Khalil Shreateh sent a shiver through the spines of Facebook users, when he was able to hack Mark Zuckerberg’s account. Frustrated by being rebuffed after repeatedly trying to warn Facebook about a security glitch, Shreateh took matters into his own hands and posted a note on Zuckerberg’s timeline. Starting with an apology.

Here’s the intro of Shreateh’s post:

Advertisement

Dear Mark Zuckerberg,

First sorry for breaking your privacy and post to your wall, I has no other choice to make after all the reports I sent to Facebook team.

My name is KHALIL, from Palestine.

Shreateh went on to explain that he had found a flaw that allowed people, who were not friends on Facebook, to post on other users’ timelines. In less than a minute, Shreateh’s account was suspended. Facebook engineer, Mark Jones, addressed the issue in the online forum, Hacker News, and Shreateh chronicled his attempts to tell Facebook of the problem on his blog.

This isn’t the first time Zuckerberg’s Facebook account has been hacked. In 2011, more than a dozen of the Facebook founder’s personal photos were swiped from his page.

TODAY IN SLATE

War Stories

The Right Target

Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.

Why Is This Mother in Prison for Helping Her Daughter Get an Abortion?

The XX Factor
Sept. 23 2014 11:13 AM Why Is This Mother in Prison for Helping Her Daughter Get an Abortion?

Divestment Is Fine but Mostly Symbolic. There’s a Better Way for Universities to Fight Climate Change.

I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights

Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.

It Is Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is

How Ted Cruz and Scott Brown Misunderstand What It Means to Be an American Citizen

  News & Politics
War Stories
Sept. 23 2014 4:04 PM The Right Target Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 23 2014 2:08 PM Home Depot’s Former Lead Security Engineer Had a Legacy of Sabotage
  Life
Outward
Sept. 23 2014 1:57 PM Would a Second Sarkozy Presidency End Marriage Equality in France?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 23 2014 2:32 PM Politico Asks: Why Is Gabby Giffords So “Ruthless” on Gun Control?
  Slate Plus
Political Gabfest
Sept. 23 2014 3:04 PM Chicago Gabfest How to get your tickets before anyone else.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2014 4:09 PM Vince Vaughn Will Star in True Detective Season 2
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 23 2014 1:50 PM Oh, the Futility! Frogs Try to Catch Worms off of an iPhone Video.
  Health & Science
Science
Sept. 23 2014 1:38 PM Why Is Fall Red in America but Yellow in Europe? A possible explanation, 35 million years in the making.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.