Facebook Founder’s Social Media Accounts Hacked
Even Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, isn’t safe from his accounts being hacked.
Late on Sunday, a few of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts were hijacked, with the hackers posting messages from the hacked accounts to show off their access to the accounts.
Mark Zuckerberg’s accounts on sites including Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest appeared to be compromised on Sunday.
The hackers also claimed to have broken into his Instagram account. However, Facebook denied this to VentureBeat. Also, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of it.
A hacker group called Ourmine, which has more than 40,000 Twitter followers, claimed responsibility for hacking Zuckerberg’s sites.
The group boasted about the hacking in a tweet and invited Mr Zuckerberg to contact them.
“Hey @finkd we got access to your Twitter & Instagram & Pinterest, we are just testing your security, please dm us.”
Hacked twitter account
Engadget posted a screengrab of the alleged hack of the Facebook chief executive’s Twitter account.
The Twitter account has since then deleted the offending tweets. It first suspended the account and then brought it back after deleting the tweets.
Mr Zuckerberg has not sent a tweet from the twitter account since 2012.
LinkedIn password dump
It is understood that Facebook’s security systems might have prevented Mr Zuckerberg’s Instagram account from being accessed by the hackers.
Instragram is a photo-sharing service, which is owned by Facebook.
Some reports suggested that the 2012 hack of LinkedIn might have been responsible for the breach on Sunday.
“Hey, [Mark Zuckerberg],” one message sent from his Twitter account reads. “You were in [the] Linkedin Database with the password “dadada” ! DM for proof..”
Also, the implication is that CEO of facebook reused this password on Twitter and Pinterest, and the hackers got access to the password in that way.
Last month it was reported that 117 million LinkedIn username and password combinations that were stolen four years ago were being sold on the dark web for 5 bitcoins, which is worth about $2,300 (£1,595).
Millions of LinkedIn leaked user account details could be accessed online last month. The company reacted by invalidating the credentials and contacting affected members to reset their passwords.
In Zuckergerg’s accounts that were hacked, the passwords were encoded, but in a form that appears to have been relatively easy to unravel.
One of the accounts, on which Zuckerberg has posted just 30 images, has more than 600,000 followers.