It is not every day you hear that Mark Zuckerberg’s accounts in social media forums have being hacked. As a matter of fact, this is the sort of news that you never expected to hear in your lifetime. But it just happened. And the world is buzzing about it.
According to Engadget (which took a screenshot of the message posted by the hackers), the hackers were able to access many of Zuckerberg’s accounts in social networking sites. They then went on make some posts on this accounts to prove their point. The group responsible for this goes by the name OurMine Team operating out of Saudi Arabia. However, despite the claims of the group, Zuckerberg’s Instagram account was not successfully breached. His Facebook page too remain intact. From all indications, it was his Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts that were successfully hacked. And it was on Pinterest and Twitter that the hackers left a message to announce their deed. The message read, “Hey @finkd, you were in Linkedin Database with the password ‘dadada’ !,” on the Twitter page. While on Pinterest it said, “just testing your security.”
At the time of writing this report, Twitter and Pinterest have removed the offending messages from Zuckerberg’s accounts. Although it took a while for Pinterest to react by deleting the offending message from his account. Furthermore, Twitter suspended the hacker’s group account. Although to be fair to Zuckerberg, that Twitter account has not being active since 2012. I guess it wouldn’t make sense to continue using a rival’s product.
Zuckerberg’s Accounts Hack Related to LinkedIn Hack
It seemed very likely that this development was as a result of the LinkedIn accounts dumped that happened a couple of weeks ago. Recall that millions of LinkedIn accounts details, including usernames and passwords were sold on the dark Web. The LinkedIn hacked was thought to have happened about 3 years ago. Just around the time Zuckerberg stopped using his Twitter account.
This might come as a consolation of sorts to Zuckerberg. Since the dumping of the LinkedIn accounts on the black market, several stars have had their accounts breached. The Twitter accounts of celebrities like Tenacious D, Kylie Jenner and Keith Richards have also being hacked in the last few days. So it is very likely that more hacked accounts of important people would surface in the coming days.
How to Prevent Zuckerberg’s Account Hack
As a leading tech mogul, it is seriously embarrassing that Zuckerberg could allow himself to fall prey to hackers. If it could happen to him, what hope is there for the rest of humanity. Sadly, there is no ultimate one time fix against hacking. Any dedicated hacker can breach any account given enough time. The best option is not to make their job easy. For instance, a common mistake people make is to use the same password for several online accounts. It is wrong. And it is likely that is the same error Zuckerberg committed. Basically, it is good to eschew laziness and have different passwora for all our social media accounts; and find a safe place offline to keep the passwords.
Sites like Instagram secure people accounts by using the two-factor authentication. This makes it more difficult for hackers to crack your account. While tech giant Microsoft has a system in place where some common words cannot be used as passwords.
For now Facebook have not released any statement about the incident. I guess they are too embarrassed to acknowledge that something like this happened to Zuckerberg’s account. Who wouldn’t be. And by the way, I’m pretty sure the password the hack team posted has being changed by now. To a more secure one I bet.
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