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Hebron man hacks Facebook chief

Palestinian ‘white hat’ hacker tries to report bug, is rebuffed, so exploits it to post on Mark Zuckerberg’s wall

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook profile showing the post by Palestinian 'white hat' hacker Khalil Shreateh (photo credit: screen capture)
Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook profile showing the post by Palestinian 'white hat' hacker Khalil Shreateh (photo credit: screen capture)

Billionaire innovator Mark Zuckerberg had a rude surprise last week after a Palestinian hacker was able to post a message on his wall, despite the Facebook chief’s privacy settings.

The Thursday post, by Hebron-area “white hat” hacker Khalil Shreateh, informed Zuckerberg that Facebook security had rebuffed his recent attempts to report a bug that enabled him to post on a member’s wall despite security settings. Therefore, the hacker felt he had no choice but to publicize the matter by posting about the issue on Zuckerberg’s page, which has more than 18 million subscribers.

As a result, Shreateh’s post was quickly removed, his account was suspended and he received a message that the bug would be investigated, according to his own account of the incident. He was also informed that, because his posting violated Facebook’s terms of service, he would not be entitled to the $500 reward that the Internet giant pays out to hackers who discover and report bugs or security flaws. His account was later reactivated.

The episode was covered in top tech– and Internet-oriented sites, so, despite the lack of cold cash, which he likely needs since his blog profile lists him as “unemployed,” Shreateh could come out ahead due to the increased notoriety that derives from showing up one of the Internet’s most powerful figures.

Here is a step-by-step how-to guide for the exploit Shreateh uploaded, now presumably no longer effective:

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