Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has had his social media accounts hacked for using a weak password ‘dadada’.
The Facebook founder’s accounts on sites including Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest appear to have been briefly compromised on Sunday. A hacker group called Ourmine, which has more than 40,000 Twitter followers, claimed responsibility. The group bragged about the alleged hacks in a tweet and invited Mr Zuckerberg to contact them.
“Hey @finkd we got access to your Twitter & Instagram & Pinterest, we are just testing your security, please dm us.”
Engadget posted a screengrab of the alleged hack of the Facebook chief executive’s Twitter account:
The Twitter account has since had the offending tweets deleted. Mr Zuckerberg has not sent a tweet from the account since 2012. Developer Ben Hall tweeted a screenshot of Mr Zuckerberg’s “hacked” Pinterest page. Facebook’s security systems prevented Mr Zuckerberg’s Instagram account from being accessed. The photo-sharing service is owned by Facebook.
Some reports suggested that the 2012 hack of LinkedIn may have been responsible for the breach. Last month it was reported that 117 million LinkedIn username and password combinations stolen four years ago were being sold on the dark web for 5 bitcoins – worth about $2,300 (£1,595). The passwords were encoded, but in a form that appears to have been relatively easy to unravel. The account, on which he has posted just 30 images, has more than 600,000 followers.
How to safeguard from these Hacks: Ensure Strong Password Security Measures
Password is a critical information security component used to authenticate, or validate, that the person using your Logon-ID is really you. Consequently, passwords are also one of the most common targets of people trying to access information without authorization.
– Use stronger passwords that are longer and more complex
– Avoid easy to guess passwords or with obvious personal significance
– Do not use the same password for multiple accounts
– Change your passwords on a regular basis. A strong password is never reused
– Do not share your password with anyone, not your boss, family member, or friend.
– Do not let others watch as you type your password
– Never display or conceal passwords in your work area, no matter how well hidden