Colin Powell's Facebook page defaced

Former U.S. Secretary of State becomes latest high-profile target to feel cyber sting.

Former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell Getty Images

Gawker's headline tells the story: Either Colin Powell's official Facebook page got hacked or the former U.S. Secretary of State has had a drastic change of heart about the president he served.

Powell's Facebook page was pulled down today after it wound up hosting a series of sometimes scatological references to George W. Bush, according to Gawker which saved some of the posts.

This is just the latest in a spate of high-profile hacks launched against personal and private accounts. Sometimes the object has been public embarrassment, other times an effort to insert malware. In mid-February, for instance, Burger King's Twitter feed was temporarily hijacked and falsely reported the company's sale to McDonald's. Other recent attacks have been launched against Microsoft, Apple, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Update 10:36 a.m. PT: Powell's page is back up. In a post, he wrote: "Dear Friends, I'm happy to report that the hacking problem has been fixed. We have been working with fb this morning and they took immediate action to remedy the situation."

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Charles Cooper was an executive editor at CNET News. He has covered technology and business for more than 25 years, working at CBSNews.com, the Associated Press, Computer & Software News, Computer Shopper, PC Week, and ZDNet.

 

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