The Air Safety Institute regained control of its Facebook page April 14, within 24 hours after hackers hijacked the page, posted inappropriate content, and thwarted all of the association’s attempts to take back control of the page.
Staff at Facebook helped AOPA regain control of the page and eliminate the posts. AOPA is taking additional security measures to prevent this from happening again.
The hijacking appears to be from the same hackers who recently took over the Facebook pages of other highly visible brands. Facebook told AOPA it is investigating the hackers and their methods; the social media company said it will report back with its findings once the investigation is complete.
The hack was isolated to the Air Safety Institute Facebook page and did not affect the association’s membership database, member information, or other AOPA products and systems.