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Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page Hacked: IP Address Traced Back to US Department of Defense

As you might have heard, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had his Facebook fan page hacked late Tuesday. This note was forcibly posted on Zuckerberg’s wall.

“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 Prize winner Muhammad Yunus described it? What do you think? #hackercup2011″.

Awesome. For the backstory of why this is so awesome, read Matt Taibbi‘s piece on why Facebook‘s capital-raising deal with Goldman Sacs stinks to high heaven.

Also awesome is this bit of cyber-sleuthing from The Guardian‘s Charles Arthur, attempting to figure out who the Zuckerberg hacker could be. Arthur traces the IP address of the hack back to the US department of defense in Williamsburg.

Duh, duh, duh! The plot thickens!

Most of the commenters on Arthur’s piece insist the IP address is a clone. And they’re almost assuredly right. But seeing how Arthur tracked the address down without the help of Facebook, which isn’t giving out any info on the hack, was fascinating. Also fascinating is how easy it is to hack and clone a DOD IP address.

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