Dude, where’s my page? The flaw that can hack your Facebook

07 Sep,2011

By A Correspondent

How easy is it to hijack a Facebook page? Easy enough, as IT security and data protection firm Sophos has demonstrated in a video which reveals a loophole in the social network’s settings. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LSKEoXJUDY)

Facebook Pages are an important part of marketing activities for growing numbers of businesses. Big brands have millions of fans signed up to their pages, and this encourages smaller enterprises to take advantage of the huge reach of the Facebook network. Anyone can create a Facebook Page, and popular Pages will probably require a number of additional co-administrators to help run it.

This is where the problem can arise. While the onus is on Facebook Page creators to be careful about whom they grant admin access to, it is possible for newly appointed administrators to hijack the Page, removing the original creator’s admin rights and effectively taking permanent control of the Page.

Facebook’s own help pages state that the original creator of the Page may never be removed by other Page admins,  but the Sophos video proves that this is not the case.

There are two issues here. Even if a trusted friend or colleague is working as an administrator on a Facebook Page, it is possible that their account may be compromised, giving the bad guys a chance to hijack the Facebook Page you’ve created, said Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos. The other possibility is that the Page founder grants a stranger admin rights to the Page. While this might not sound like the best idea, there are several services, such as Fiverr, where you can find plenty of people offering to help you to maximize the success of your Facebook Page.

If you give a cut-price social media expert admin rights to your Facebook Page, you really only have yourself to blame if you’re ousted.

 

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