Palestinian hacks Facebook founder Zuckerberg

Monday, August 19, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

A computer hacker from the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories was forced to take unorthodox steps to prove to Facebook that he had found a serious privacy flaw in the world's leading social network.

As reported by Israel National News, Khalil Shreateh, who holds a degree in information systems, discovered that a glitch had allowed him to make posts to the Facebook page of individuals who had not added him as a "friend."

To test this, Shreateh posted to the personal Facebook page of Sarah Goodin, a school friend of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg from his time at Harvard. After his successful test, Shreateh notified Facebook of the bug, but was rebuffed.

To prove his point, Shreateh then broke into the personal page of Zuckerberg himself, posting on the young tech billionaire's wall:

"First sorry for breaking your privacy and post to your wall, I has no other choice to make after all the reports I sent to Facebook team."

The post was quickly removed, and Facebook took care of the glitch. However, the company refused to pay its typical $500 "finder's fee" for valid bugs to Shreateh because he had broken Facebook's privacy policy in order to demonstrate the flaw.

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