A Taiwanese hacker said he found a security flaw that could allow him to access Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook account, Bloomberg News reported.
Chang Chi-yuan told the outlet he had notified Facebook of the problem. “I have reported the bug to Facebook, and I will show proof when I get bounty from Facebook,” he said.
Chang had previously announced on social media he would live-stream an attempt to delete the Facebook CEO’s account. After receiving global attention, he decided to abort the plan.
“There will still be a lot of people questioning my ability even after I find many bugs and earn a copious amount of bounty, and I shouldn’t try to prove myself by toying with Zuck’s account,” he wrote on Facebook on Friday.
Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, on May 24. A hacker said he could access Zuckerberg’s Facebook account. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
“Cyber-enthusiasts from India to the U.S. routinely expose loopholes in corporate websites and software, earning small financial rewards,” Bloomberg reported. “It’s unusual however for so-called white-hat hackers to do so in real time.”
Chang has previously written about using his hacking skills for financial profit, according to The Verge.
He recently posted about earning money from his ventures.”I don’t want to be a proper hacker, and I don’t even want to be a hacker at all,” he wrote. “I’m just bored and try to dabble so that I can earn some money.”
Zuckerberg’s social media accounts have been hacked before.
His Facebook account was compromised in 2011, The Guardian reported. The 2011 hacker wrote a post encouraging Facebook to allow users to invest in the social media network. Rumors that the company was preparing for a stock market flotation had been circulating.
“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? What do you think?” the post said.
An online hacker group named OurMine gained access to some of Zuckerberg’s social media accounts in 2016, according to BBC News. Hackers briefly took control of his profiles on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Hackers have also targeted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in the past. OurMine broke into Dorsey’s Twitter and Vine accounts in 2016, according to The Guardian.
The same group has been gained access to the accounts of other tech executives, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
In 2017, the group took over the web address of WikiLeaks, according to The Guardian. Users who attempted to reach the WikiLeaks website were redirected to a page created by OurMine.
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