Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter, Pinterest Accounts Hacked
The jacks were allegedly by the same operator behind a hack of Deadmau5' SoundCloud last month.
Even billionaire CEOs of social media empires are guilty of taking risky shortcuts online. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had two of his social media accounts -- on Twitter and Pinterest -- compromised late Sunday by a hacker (or hackers) who claims to have found the tech leader’s password in a large dump of hacked LinkedIn data that emerged last month.
"Hey @finkd [Zuckerberg] we got access to your Twitter & Instagram & Pinterest, we are just testing your security, please dm us," wrote the group OurMine Team on Zuckerberg’s Twitter account. In another since-deleted tweet, the group claimed that Zuckerberg’s password was "dadada" on both Twitter and Pinterest, and that they hadn’t been changed since 2012, when the LinkedIn data was reportedly hacked. Zuckerberg’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were not compromised, despite the group’s claim regarding the latter.
Zuckerberg’s affected social accounts were quickly recaptured and OurMine’s Twitter account (@_OurMine_) was suspended, though a second handle for the group/person was created. "I don't understand why @twitter suspended our account while we are saving people from other hackers!" wrote @OurMineTeam43, later snarking, "our Old Twitter is suspended because we are just trying to secure Mark Zuckerberg Accounts!"
Last month, a large cache of LinkedIn passwords and emails began surfacing online, thought to stem from an earlier 2012 hack. OurMine’s claims to have found Zuckerberg’s data in that dump cannot be verified, and a Facebook representative did not respond to request for comment at press time.
Unsurprisingly, Zuckerberg isn’t a big user of Twitter. His last tweet on the rival service was a link about piracy from January 2012. Most of his 19 total tweets were from early 2009, when he created his account. His first was a reference to a Lonely Island song.
Never thought I'd be on a boat.— Mark Zuckerberg (@finkd) February 13, 2009