Mark Zuckerberg’s alternative social media accounts were hacked over the weekend by a group calling itself OurMine Team. The cyberattack took control of Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts; although it was misreported that his Instagram account also fell victim to the attack.
No damage was done in the attack; considering that these were just dormant social media accounts. The hackers simply changed Zuckerberg’s username and shared some tweets about the hack. Control of the account was restored within several hours of the attack and the offending tweets quickly deleted.
Ouch. Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts have been hacked pic.twitter.com/KvVmXOIg5s
— Ben Hall (@Ben_Hall) June 5, 2016
The hackers claim to have obtained Zuckerberg’s username and password from a LinkedIn breach early in May. The Facebook founder had apparently used the same password across several accounts; showing that even the most technologically aware of us can get lazy with password security.
LinkedIn had reset its user passwords when news of the hack broke, and had warned people to change their passwords to other sites as well. If it is true that the hackers had gained access through the breached database, it would mean that Zuckerberg had been using the same password for all three sites – and that he wasn’t bothered to change his login credentials.