Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg had his Twitter and Pinterest accounts hacked over the weekend, probably as a result of the data dump from the LinkedIn hack.
The hacks were spotted when his accounts, which had long been dormant, suddenly posted a message claiming to have been hacked and that it was the breach of records from LinkedIn, dating back to 2012, that was the cause.
Ouch. Mark Zuckerberg's social media accounts have been hacked pic.twitter.com/KvVmXOIg5s— Ben Hall (@Ben_Hall) June 5, 2016
The hack suggests that Zuckerberg has been reusing passwords for sites, something that is one of the most basic ways to encourage hacks when a site containing your credentials is breached.
The people behind the hack gave themselves the account name on Twitter of _OurMine_, although the account has since been deleted. Zuckerberg's account has since been restored with the hacked Twitter post deleted.
There were earlier reports that Zuckerberg's Instagram profile was also hit, but Facebook denied this, telling VentureBeat: "No Facebook systems or accounts were accessed. The affected accounts have been re-secured.”
The use of the LinkedIn data to hack such a high-profile account underlines that even though it was stolen in 2012, information retains valuable to hackers and is why security experts suggest changing passwords periodically.
Given that he has tweeted only 19 times since joining the site in 2009, Zuckerberg may be tempted to delete his account, especially as Twitter is a rival to Facebook.
Yes, this is the real Mark Zuckerberg. Thanks for following me!— Mark Zuckerberg (@finkd) March 7, 2009
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