Mark Zuckerberg, the owner of Facebook, has had his Twitter and Pinterest accounts compromised on Sunday, June 5.
As surprising as this might sound, Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts have been compromised. How does this even happen, you might ask, given that he is always introducing security measures to protect the privacy of Facebook users.
And, I am sure you are curious as to whom would succeed at doing such a thing. A hacker group from Saudi Arabia, known as OurMine, has actually claimed responsibility for the ‘attack’. It claims to have done it through the LinkedIn data breach.
According to these hackers, they spotted Mark’s account credentials in the LinkedIn data breach that happened only recently; they were, thus, allegedly able to get his SHA1-hashed password string, which they broke to try it on different social media accounts. That was how they got access to Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest profiles. They removed the banners, and even posted some offensive tweets.
If Mark Zuckerberg can have his accounts hacked, other users should definitely beware, and those who haven’t changed their LinkedIn passwords better do so fast!
Thankfully, Zuckerberg’s accounts were retrieved and re-secured.