Hackers reportedly infiltrated two social media accounts belonging to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg — and his password was not at all what would be expected from a tech mogul.
Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest — but not Facebook — accounts were hacked over the weekend, and his reported password — "dadada" — made the effort relatively easy. In a Twitter post from OurMine Team, which took credit for the breach, the group claimed to gain access to the passcode due to a LinkedIn data breach last month.
Ouch. Mark Zuckerberg's social media accounts have been hacked https://t.co/KvVmXOIg5s— Ben Hall (@Ben Hall)1465153713.0
It is important to note, however, that the high-tech entrepreneur has not been active on Twitter since 2012. OurMine claimed to have also hacked Zuckerberg's Instagram account, a platform also owned by Facebook. But there's no proof of such a breach and Facebook has denied it.
Zuckerberg's accounts have all been reestablished and OurMine's accounts have been suspended. The hacker group claimed to have had no malicious intent motivating its efforts.
"Hey, we are just testing your security, please dm us for contact," they wrote on Zuckerberg's Pinterest page.
One of the potential reasons hacking the Silicon Valley CEO's accounts was so simple could be re-use of the same password. If that was the case, Zuckerberg is not alone. According to a 2013 study, 55 percent of internet users protect their accounts with the same password for most — if not all — websites.
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