Mark Zuckerberg knows his way around a computer, but that hasn’t prevented his Twitter and Pinterest accounts from being hacked. It’s possible that his Instagram account may have also taken a hit.
“Hey @finkd, you were in Linkedin Database with the password ‘dadada’!,” the team wrote from Zuckerberg’s Twitter page.“
His Pinterest pinboard had a four-word blurb posted on it, letting him know who had done the hacking honors. It read, “Hacked by OurMine Team,” according to the New York Daily News.
— Engadget (@engadget) June 5, 2016
Ouch. Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts have been hacked pic.twitter.com/KvVmXOIg5s
— Ben Hall (@Ben_Hall) June 5, 2016
— CNET (@CNET) June 5, 2016
The hacker initiative also said it accessed Zuckerberg’s Instagram account @zuck, but there are no signs of it.
It is possible that the hackers could have obtained Mark’s “dadada” password through LinkedIn, as the platform experienced a massive security breach in May. More than 164 million users’ data was stolen, including credit card numbers.
LinkedIn was supposedly compromised by a hacker named Peace. This person is believed to have also stolen email addresses and passwords of about 360 million MySpace users. It is one of the largest password leaks ever, and according to the Mirror, the hacker began selling usernames and passwords on the dark web.
OurMine has also boasted about breaching high-profile Twitter accounts like Bill Gates.
Katy Perry, who has more than 89 million Twitter followers, also had her account attacked about a week ago. The hacker was vicious, using the N-word and a slur against homosexuals. Whoever did the hacking also released a new Perry song, “Witness 1.3”
If all that wasn’t enough, the hacker weighed in on the feud between Perry and Taylor Swift by posting, “Miss u baby @taylorswift13.” Swift alleged that Perry had stolen her backup dancers in 2013, added the New York Daily News.
The hacker’s page is based in Romania; after hacking Perry, the unnamed person gained over 800 followers. To add insult to injury, the hacker used the hashtag “hackersgonnahack,” playing on Swift’s lyrics from “Shake It Off.”
Perry deleted the tweets from her account but didn’t otherwise acknowledge them. Maybe this was an effort to keep the hackers at bay. After all, if someone can get into your private information, they are likely a person to be reckoned with.
One Twitter user suggested that Perry hacked her own account.
@KEEMSTAR you might be on Australian news with the Katy perry Twitter hacks gotta wait and see though
— XtremeSnail37 (@Nickgoodman9876) May 31, 2016
Who hacks Katy Perry’s Twitter, that’s weak sauce
— Kyrie Curving (@StuckOnMarss) May 31, 2016
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) June 1, 2016
The Zuckerberg hacks likely come as a surprise to many, but Mark is a busy working person like everyone else. Most know that using the same passwords for multiple accounts or weak passwords increase the chance of getting hacked. But, because everyone is busy, shortcuts are often taken, and accounts are compromised. It’s probably no different with Mark. He, like many, probably doesn’t think about social media that he doesn’t use often.
What happened to Mark Zuckerberg should serve as a word of caution to the masses. All those things learned about remaining safe online still apply. Choosing strong passwords also lessens the chance that accounts are accessed without authorization.