'Not a security issue' - Facebook denies Channel Seven hack

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 23 February 2018

Facebook has denied a security breach of Channel Seven's Sunrise Facebook page.

Seven West Media issued a statement this morning informing the market its Australian based news accounts were targeted in a global hack.

Overnight, it had found users of its platforms were being redirected to Zuckerberg’s Harvard roommate Arie Hasit.

"Users of trusted news services are being directed to the site of a rabbi, believed to be the former Harvard roommate of Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg. It is unclear who is behind the hacking or how far reaching it is," Seven said.

Channel Seven was forced to shut down its pages across the country last night, but all are back up and running now.

"Some Pages were incorrectly redirected for a couple of hours yesterday. This was due to a misconfiguration, not a hack or a security issue. We promptly fixed the matter, and the affected Pages are working normally." a Facebook spokesperson told AdNews.

Some Facebook users complained about smaller pages - and even personal pages - falling victim to the "hack".

The issue coincided with a global outage across the network.

Channel Seven has been approached for further comment.

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