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10 December 2023

Zuckerberg's Facebook profile hacked


A Facebook security flaw revealed this week allowed users to gain access to CEO Mark Zuckerberg's private photos.

Facebook blamed a software error in a feature that lets users report inappropriate content. The company said the error was quickly fixed, but some people were able to view a limited number of other people's photos, even if they were marked as private and meant for a small circle of friends.

The photos show that Zuckerberg, the leader of the world's largest online social network, eats, cooks and likes to spend time with his girlfriend and puppy. And he hangs out with President Barack Obama, if time permits.

The company did not say how many users were affected, or for how long.

Facebook is no stranger to security flaws and privacy breaches. Last month, it settled with the Federal Trade Commission over claims it exposed details about users' lives without getting legally required consent.

"This is the latest in a long list of privacy concerns caused by Facebook, although most to date have been caused by bad decisions as opposed to bad code," said Michael Sutton, vice president of security research at Zscaler ThreatLabZ in an email. "This is a challenge for the largest social network on the planet — with great power comes great responsibility."

Zuckerberg's photos show him and his girlfriend wearing red aprons in a comfy suburban kitchen. And there he is, making sushi and giving out Halloween candy.

Zuckerberg's personal photos have been exposed in the past, including in 2009. Those have been similarly tame, such as one of him on a couch, wearing slippers, a sweatshirt and pajama pants and clutching a teddy bear.