A hacking group appears to have gained access to the Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest accounts of Mark Zuckerberg.
The co-founder and CEO of Facebook’s accounts were only compromised for a short period of time on Sunday, reportedly, with a group known as Ourmine claiming responsibility. The group’s Twitter account, which has around 40,000 followers, was suspended afterwards.
The group tweeted to boast about the accomplishment, although the tweet has since been deleted. Ben Hall, a developer, tweeted screenshots though, which include the Pinterest page of Zuckerberg, renamed.
Ouch. Mark Zuckerberg's social media accounts have been hacked pic.twitter.com/KvVmXOIg5s
— Ben Hall (@Ben_Hall) June 5, 2016
However, claims that Zuckerberg’s Instagram account was hacked have been quashed, with Facebook – who own Instagram – telling VentureBeat: “No Facebook systems or accounts were accessed. The affected accounts have been re-secured.”
It has been suggested that the 2012 LinkedIn hack was the reason the group managed to hack Zuckerberg, finding his login details in the database, and likely attempting the same password combinations across multiple platforms.
This again is a reminder that everyone is at risk of being hacked, especially if you fail to use strong, different passwords for each of your accounts. If your LinkedIn account details were hacked, and you use the same password across different platforms, then these will also be at risk of hacking.