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Linkin Park’s Facebook page suffers hack attack

The official Facebook page of rock band Linkin Park has been hacked, and its 62 million fans bombarded with spam messages containing coarse images and out-of-character links to third-party sites.

As Hackread reports, at one point the hackers even hijacked Linkin Park’s social media platform to promote a new album by Jay Z.

To be honest, this doesn’t appear to be the most malicious attack ever undertaken against a Facebook account.

Although someone appears to have committed a crime by accessing Linkin Park’s Facebook account without authorisation, it would have been much more worrying if the links had been deliberately crafted to appear as though they really did come from the band, and had directed fans to webpages that had attempted to infect their computers with malware or phish their login details.

For instance, it’s easy to imagine how an announcement of a free concert or a link to a previously-unreleased track could have sent millions of Linkin Park fans towards a boobytrapped webpage designed to plant malware onto their PCs.

But, lets not doubt for a second, that there is harm done by hacks like this.

Any rock group as big as Linkin Park has become a corporate machine, with teams of marketing people helping promote the band’s brand online and publicising new releases and tours.

A vital part of that promotion is done these days via social networking sites like Facebook, and when a fan page gets hacked and starts sending out irritating messages, your fans are sure to scurry away.

Wakey wakey LP it guy(s). Your Facebook has been hacked. Unless of course you planned to spam us with pointless ad click pages to set up for a song on the new album…

As some fans commented, the hack was resulting in Linkin Park losing thousands of Facebook fans as they un-Liked the page to spare themselves from the spammers’ messages.

The likes are dropping like hell – it was 62,630,xxx before and now it is 62,600,xxx, about 200 likes per second.. why are the fans not getting that the pages was hacked??

Please like back again…..

At the time of writing, Linkin Park’s Facebook page appears to have removed the offending messages, and normal service may have been restored.

Nevertheless, I hope that the page’s admins will look closely at what occurred – and ask themselves whether safer password practices and two-factor authentication might have better kept the reins to Linkin Park’s Facebook page out of the hands of the hackers.

All organisation with a Facebook presence need to take proper care of their page’s security, or risk having it hacked and defaced by attackers. Poorly protected Facebook pages get hacked every day – and if it happens to your company you have to hope that it is a mischief-maker rather than someone with malice in their heart.

About The Author

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Graham Cluley is an award-winning security blogger, researcher and public speaker. He has been working in the computer security industry since the early 1990s, having been employed by companies such as Sophos, McAfee and Dr Solomon's. He has given talks about computer security for some of the world's largest companies, worked with law enforcement agencies on investigations into hacking groups, and regularly appears on TV and radio explaining computer security threats. Graham Cluley was inducted into the InfoSecurity Europe Hall of Fame in 2011, and was given an honorary mention in the "10 Greatest Britons in IT History" for his contribution as a leading authority in internet security.

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  • Sharonto

    The world is too crazy and insecure. Hackers can get very personal information that they need by hacking. Sometimes, they can even find out the password using special hack tools. It’s worth mentioning that hack can be very useful in certain condition. A child of my neighborhood behaved erratically some time ago, her parents used Micro keylogger to get her FB password to find that someone was trying to tempt her into taking drugs. That is terrible.

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