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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gets hacked

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has had his Facebook page hacked.

In an embarrassing turn of events for the world’s largest social networking website, hackers gained access to Zuckerberg’s account earlier this week and posted a message about allowing ordinary members to become investors.

The fake post about transforming Facebook into a “social business” was quickly removed, but not before it attracted close to 2,000 likes.

It read as follows…

“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 [sic] winner Muhammad Yunus described it? What do you think? #hackercup2011.”

The incident will likely raise fresh concerns about Facebook’s security and how it handles and protects user data.

It follows a fresh round of investment, which is referenced in the fake post. Cash injections from US investment bank Goldman Sachs and Russia’s Digital Sky Technologies valued Facebook at a whopping $50 billion.

Facebook has also been in the news recently courtesy of The Social Network, a film telling the story of the site’s early years. The Social Network picked up four awards at this month’s Golden Globes and has secured no fewer than eight Oscar nominations.