Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been the victim of a social media account hack involving his Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest accounts. Hackers gained access to Zuckerberg’s accounts for just a brief time but it was enough to post some messages and change some elements of his accounts. The hacking group claiming responsibility for the hack call themselves OurMine Team. The hacking team had a Twitter account but that was suspended fairly quickly following this incident. The hacking group also tried to gain access to Zuckerberg’s Instagram account but Instagram’s security prevented the hackers from gaining access. TechCrunch points out the recent LinkedIn password leak where 117 million passwords of LinkedIn users were posted online. It is entirely possible that Zuckerberg may have had his LinkedIn password posted which may have helped OurMine Team break into his other social media accounts.
It’s unclear if the Zuckerberg hack incident relates to the vast cache of compromised LinkedIn email and password data, but it’s possible it does given the timing of the hack — and the fact the hackers referred to the LinkedIn breach in a message tweeted from Zuckerberg’s account, which read: “Hey @finkd [Zuckerberg’s Twitter account name], you were in Linkedin Database”.
For now, Zuckerberg has re-gained control of his social media accounts but this does show that anyone can be hacked and using strong passwords and two-factor authentication are good practices. While nothing is completely unhackable, throwing deterrents out there will likely keep hackers moving on to easier targets. Check out our short editorial about two factor authentication, passwords, cloud storage and security.
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