Published On: Tue, Jun 7th, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest account hacked: Here’s how

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Mark Zuckerberg, founder of world’s biggest social networking site Facebook became a target of cybercriminals when his Twitter and Pinterest passwords were hacked.

According to a report on VentureBeat, the hack could be a result of weak security practices by Zuckerberg and Facebook has confirmed the same, saying that none of their servers were attacked and the affected accounts have been secured.

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OurMine Team claimed responsibility for the hack, and it is suspected the LinkedIn password dump in 2012 lead to the attack. The Twitter account of OurMine Team has been suspended.

Developer Ben Hall tweeted about the hack, “Ouch. Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts have been hacked.” He also posted pictures of the hacked Pintrest and Twitter accounts. Check out his tweet here:

Mark Zuckerberg

While Zuckerberg had accounts on non-Facebook platforms too, he has not used them for some time. This is evident from the fact that he last used his Twitter handle in January 2012. The good news here is his Instagram and Google+ accounts were not hacked, even though the group claimed they had gotten access to the same.

VentureBeat points out many users like to keep the same password for multiple accounts on different social media platforms, which is not a safe practice.

LinkedIn, which currently has 400 million users had come out with an explanation for its 2012 breach, a week ago. LinkedIn admitted that the massive data breach four years ago may result in millions of passwords being leaked to the internet.

 

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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