Kenya’s former Director of Anti-Corruption Commission and law professor, Prof. Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, has berated the owner of Meta (Facebook), Mark Zuckerberg, over the company’s failure to recover his Facebook account three days after it was hacked.
Prof. Lumumba in an official letter dated November 24, 2022 and addressed to Zuckerberg, explained that his official page with 945,000 followers was hacked between Friday 18 and Sunday 20 and information including administrators of the page removed and replaced with others.
The letter captioned “Re-hacking of Prof PLO Lumumba Facebook Page & Business Account” read, “I hereby formally write to inform you and my Nine Hundred and Forty Five Thousand (945.000) followers that my official page was hacked between Friday 18 November and Sunday 20 November 2022 when the hacker logged and changed the access for the business account and replaced three of my social media administrators and proceeded to add fifteen (15) other administrators from different parts of the world.
“The current status now reveals that advertisements have been inserted and the account is rendered in different languages.
“This occurrence has been reported on Tuesday 22 November 2022. via Facebook and there has been no response thereafter. A call was set up via the South African Facebook system but the Facebook team never honoured the call at the scheduled time of 14.45pm (EAT).
“I urge you to do the following: Instruct your team to urgently retrieve my page without further delay and reinstate the three authorised and approved administrators who are responsible for managing my page.
“Have the email address changed to my personal email address (as will be provided by the admin managing my page). Remove all other 15 administrators that have been added by the hacker on the Facebook page and the business account.
“In the meantime, I urge my Facebook followers to avoid responding to any communication from the Account until the Issue is resolved. Avoid clicking any links on the page.
Attached with the letter on his Twitter account, Lumumba said, “Mark Zuckerberg, urgently intervene and undo the hacking and hijacking of my Facebook page and business account.
“I am disappointed by the unresponsive META (Facebook) team over the last three days that continues to deprive my 945k on our daily interaction on matters Pan African.”