Was hacking of Facebook CEO an entry in the Facebook Hacker Cup?
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook and subject of the Oscar-nominated The Social Network, on Tuesday declared that he would like to see his company turned into a charity that would hand over its profits to worthy causes.
If that sounds too good — or too bizarre — to be true, it turned out it was. Zuckerberg’s fan page was reportedly the victim of an attack by a hacker working to spread the word about social businesses.
The security breach has some Facebook users wondering how well their personal info is being safeguarded, if even the company’s billionaire boss can’t keep his account protected.
In a status update Tuesday, someone writing under Zuckerberg’s name declared: “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 [sic]?”
The posting links to a Wikipedia page on the subject of “social business,” a corporate model that envisions companies’ earning power being harnessed for the benefit of a social cause. A social business would work to make profits like any company, but all profit that’s not paid back to investors would be donated to a particular cause.
The posting also featured a tag to Facebook Hacker Cup 2011, a hacking competition underway this month on Facebook. It wasn’t clear whether the hack was meant to be an entry in the competition.
Privacy issues have dogged Facebook for years, with many experts saying the website doesn’t do enough to protect users’ privacy, especially from the prying eyes of third-party app developers.
Last week, after announcing it would allow third-party app developers to access Facebook users’ home addresses and cell phone numbers, the company quickly backtracked, delaying the plans.
“We are making changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
Facebook’s new, integrated instant-message service has also been criticized for security flaws.
“Users also need to be aware that Facebook will be storing a complete archive of all their communications with one person. This raises concerns as to how this data could be misused if it fell into the wrong hands,” security firm Sophos said.
To be fair, the idea of Zuckerberg dedicating his iconic firm to charity is not entirely out of the realm of the possible. Last month, he joined 16 other billionaires in pledging to donate half his wealth to charity — a move for which he earned the ire of the libertarian Ayn Rand Center.
Pence abruptly canceled trip because person he was meeting was about to be busted by the feds
The White House abruptly canceled a planned trip to New Hampshire to prevent Vice President Mike Pence from being seen with somebody about to be busted for interstate drug trafficking of fentanyl, Politico reported Monday.
"Among the problems was a federal law enforcement probe involving individuals Pence would likely encounter, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the incident. If Pence stepped off the vice presidential aircraft, one of the people he would have seen on the ground was under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration for moving more than $100,000 of fentanyl from Massachusetts to New Hampshire," Politico reported.
‘Do you love Puerto Rico?’: Fox News’ Shep Smith rips governor to shreds
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló was outed for cold and heartless comments he exchanged about his own island in wake of the horrific hurricanes that destroyed the island in 2017. He's also being forced to ask questions about the corruption involving the funding for hurricane relief. Nearly 1 million people have taken to the streets demanding accountability and action.
In his first interview, Rosselló may have assumed he'd meet a friendly audience on Fox News, but Shep Smith let him have it.
"The corruption is rampant in Puerto Rico," Smith said. "Economically Puerto Rico is in a fiscal crisis, $70 billion in debt and a 13-year recession. In the leaked 900 pages of profanity-laced messages, dubbed RickyGate, after you, sir, you made light of the casualties of the Hurricane Maria, you tossed homophobic and misogynistic remarks, You were calling the former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverit a whore. Of the oversight board that rules Puerto Rico's finances, you said, 'Go F-yourself. And when your representative to that board said he is salivating to shoot the woman who is the mayor of San Juan, you said, 'You’d be doing me a grand favor.' So, attacks on woman, gays, dead relatives on your own island and after that who is left to support you? Is it even safe for you to govern?"
Puerto Ricans launch biggest protest yet against governor
Angry protesters blocked the main road in Puerto Rico's capital on Monday as they launched what was expected to be the largest yet of a wave of demonstrations seeking the resignation of the US territory's embattled governor.
Marching under sunny skies in San Juan, the demonstrators sang, chanted, danced and carried the territory's red, white and blue flag with a lone star.
Altogether, hundreds of thousands were expected to turn out.
Puerto Ricans are up in arms over alleged corruption involving money meant to be for victims of Hurricane Maria in 2017, which left nearly 3,000 dead.