By Anthony Ha
May 10, 2010
It looks like the Facebook account of Jim Breyer, whose firm Accel
Partners was an early investor in the social network and who sits on the
company's board, was hacked over the weekend.
Breyer's account sent out a message to some of his Facebook friends
asking them to RSVP for an event related to getting a "Facebook Phone
Number." This message was apparently a result of a phishing attack -- a
hacking attack where a user, in this case Breyer, unwittingly gives up
his password through a hacker-controlled website deceptively engineered
to resemble the real thing.
Facebook says the security issue has been resolved, but the fact that
this happened still seems newsworthy for a couple reasons.
First, it shows that it's possible for even a sophisticated Facebook
user like Breyer to become the victim of an attack.
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