Senator Ted Cruz’s father is victim of Facebook hack; has porn posted on page

As an elected official myself, I go out of my way to avoid discussing the family of other electeds; I know that if anyone ever brought up my wife or my kids in a political context, I’d lose my mind.  However, sometimes, the family member interjects themselves into politics, and when they happen, I believe they should be treated the same as any other political figure.  Such was the case for the father of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rafael Cruz, who was apparently the victim of a Facebook hacking over the weekend.

Mr. Cruz is a popular conservative activist who has generated controversy for his previous political comments.  In the past, he had encouraged President Obama to go “back to Kenya” and had called gay marriage and evolution “marxist” attempts to “destroy God.”  Naturally, these attacks also endeared Mr. Cruz to thousands.  Cruz has a Facebook page of over 13,000 fans.

On Sunday, someone apparently hacked into Mr. Cruz’s Facebook page and uploaded pornography.  Mr. Cruz deleted the image and posted this apology note:

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I didn’t see the picture (and wouldn’t post it anyway), but Cruz obviously isn’t the first public figure to get his Facebook page hacked.  Among other previous victims: Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook…ouch.

Facebook has enabled two-factor authentication, which requires not only a password, but the input of a randomly generated six-digit number that is texted to an authorized users phone.  This can, of course, dramatically cut down on unauthorized use of Facebook pages and is highly recommended for public figures. 

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