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Colin Powell's Facebook Account Hacked

By Pierre Dumont , Mar 11, 2013 07:10 PM EDT

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell's Facebook page was hacked on Monday March 11.

The page featured a variety of odd rants, including one ostensibly aimed toward former president George W. Bush.

"KILL THE ILLUMINATI! TOMORROW'S WORLD WILL BE A WORLD FREE OF ILLUMINATI OR WILL BE NO MORE!" one post read.

"YOU WILL BURN IN HELL, BUSH!" read another.

"I'LL PUT A CURSE ON THE FINGER WHICH YOU USE TO DELETE THESE POSTS!!" another stated.

Powell responded by posting an apology on Facebook and explaining that he was working to fix the problem.

"Dear friends, as most of you realize, my fb page has obviously been hacked," Powell wrote. "I'm sorry you have to see all the stupid, obscene posts that are popping up. Please ignore as we are working with fb to take care of this problem. I appreciate your patience."

After some time, Powell posted again, this time after Facebook had corrected the problem.

"Dear friends, I'm happy to report that the hacking problem has been fixed," Powell wrote. "We have been working with fb this morning and they took immediate action to remedy the situation."

Who hacked Powell's account or how it was done remains unclear. The issue has been a source of speculation, however. Security blog "Naked Security" theorizes that the posts were a result of a password breach. A blog titled "The Smoking Gun" claims that the perpetrator was the same one who hacked into the Bush family email accounts. The blog alleges that the hacker posted screenshots of the Bush families' hacked email account on Powell's Facebook page.

Hacks like today's have not been unusual lately. In February, someone hacked into Burger King's Twitter account and posted that the company had been sold to McDonald's. Other recent incidents include those against Apple, Microsoft, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

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