The man behind the world’s most popular social networking website, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has had his social media accounts hacked.
Although Mark Zuckerberg probably sees the likes of Twitter, LinkedIn and Pintrest as his competitors, it is understandable that he likes to keep tabs on them, while setting up accounts on the differing platforms.
As it turned out, the Facebook CEO and founder’s social media accounts on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest had been briefly compromised on Sunday.
A hacker group called Ourmine, one with a presence on Twitter while amassing 40,000 followers claimed responsibility for the hack.
The group has pointed to the recent and now-infamous LinkedIn password dump following an earlier breach, as the reason behind the hack of Zuckerberg’s accounts.
Bragging about their exploits, the group invited Zuckerberg to contact them after hacking his social media accounts.
In a tweet, the group said:
Hey @finkd we got access to your Twitter & Instagram & Pinterest, we are just testing your security, please dm us.
It was only last month that news of a LinkedIn breach surfaced, one which saw 117 million username and password combinations as credentials, stolen four years ago.
LinkedIn responded by completely invalidating the affected credentials, forcing affected members to reset their passwords as a security measure. The damage was already done, however. As expected, users tend to use the same password across different online services. Mark Zuckerberg, seems to have used the same password across different websites, including the recently compromised ones.
Ouch. Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts have been hacked pic.twitter.com/KvVmXOIg5s
— Ben Hall (@Ben_Hall) June 5, 2016
LIFARS recommends users opt for different passwords in different websites and follow a frequent password-changing habit routinely. If you have a LinkedIn account, or had one in the past, it is recommended that you reset the password on the platform, as well as everywhere else.