Mark Zuckerberg’s Rookie Mistake Gets His Social Media Accounts Hacked
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, has been hacked by the well-known hacking group, OurMine. His LinkedIN and Pinterest accounts were hacked. The group reportedly gained access to the account by using information gained through the LinkedIn password dump from a few weeks ago. The leak released information on millions of LinkedIn users. Sources believe that Zuckerberg, like many other people, reused the compromised password that gave access to his LinkedIn account on other accounts which allowed the hacking group to gain access.
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His Facebook, Instagram and Google+ accounts were untouched. OurMine announced the hack by contacting Mark Zuckerberg directly on Twitter, as seen in the Tweet below.
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Several sources believe that Zuckerberg’s accounts were compromised because he didn’t follow rudimentary password best practices when setting up several of his social media accounts. The group claims that Zuckerberg’s accounts all used the same password. Zuckerberg faild to follow his own companies advice to use complex passwords containing upper and lowercase letters, numerals and symbols. Instead, he chose to use the password “dadada” to secure several accounts.
The group, OurMine, allegedly took the password from the LinkedIn password dump information and tried it on several of his accounts before gaining access to his Twitter and Pinterest accounts. This incident is a sobering reminder that even the tech industry giants are vulnerable to hacking raids and phishing scams and begs the questions; have you changed your online account passwords recently?