Why Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder's page hacked?

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In reaction to Facebook decision about selling user data to advertisers, an unhappy user broke into the security setup hacking Facebook Co-Founder, Mark Zuckerberg personal page posting a protest message on the wall.

The unidentified hacker, who seems to be a South Asian Muslim from his poor rhetorical English and reference to Bangladeshi Nobel Prize Winner Economist, has created a new tide to ongoing wave of global hacking buzz. Just to remind, this is the second high profiled Facebook hack after French President Nicolas Sarkozy's profile page. The attack also showed the potential vulnerability of the World Most Popular Social Networking Website, running on the non secure HTTP protocol.

The hacker wrote:
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 Prize winner Muhammad Yunus described it? http://bit.ly/fs6rT3 what do you think? #hackercup2011

Mark Zuckerberg, Times Person of the Years 2010 has founded Facebook in 2004 with fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes initially for Harvard, Ivy, Boston and Stanford alumni. Later it was opened for everyone above 13 years age.

In a recent bid to juice more, with an estimated annual revenue of $2,000 million already in hand, Facebook rendered whole its right side column available for advertisers as "Sponsored Story", a feature that will work on the bases of information gathered from user updates and activities. Although shown to user who opted to share information in privacy settings, still there is no choice to block this feature. This "Information Selling" is creating huge uproar in the media and concerns in the Facebook community of 500 million active users worldwide.

Pointing towards, Facebook increasingly becoming packed with Advertisement, I have read discussion on various internet forums, cursing Facebook to become a mortgage lender risking their personal information. But coming back to the hacking incidence (the page was recovered back within few time) I would describe it in sequence with New Global Hacking Saga that started with Operation Payback.

Operation Payback was a hacking war campaign launched by hacking group "Anonymous". It was started in revere of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on The pirate Bay funded by pro-copyright and anti-piracy companies. The Pirate Bay is World Largest Torrent and 85th most popular website on the Internet. Run from Sweden the website is a Flag Ship for international Anti-copyright activists who has a sentimental attachment with the website.

In December 2010, The New Global Hacking Saga took another turn , when Secret United State Diplomatic Cables were leaked by Wiki Leaks. Julian Assange, Founder Wiki Leaks has given a new dimension and purpose to the dreams of digital pirates, anti-copyright activist and free media lovers . Even when Times announced Mark Zuckerberg as Person of the Year, the decision was heavily criticized in the internet world suggesting Assange was more deserving for the title.

Interesting to mentioned that when under political pressures, corporations like Amazon, PayPal, Bank of America and Master Card withdrew business support for Wiki Leaks and Assange was arrested in United Kingdom, those behind Operation Payback directed their internet army to launch assault on these website and named it "Operation Avenge Assange". The attacks brought down Bank of America and Master Card disrupting their online financial operations. During the campaign, The Pirate Bay kept waving a white flag with a loud and clear message to support Wiki Leaks and Julian Assange all the time.

With heightening social inequalities and financial injustice, what I fear is an intensified continuity in cyber protests and eventually a more policed internet to curb those protest in the near future.
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