Mark Zuckerberg Hacked Again – Facebook Chief Uses Old Gmail Password for His Twitter Account

Rafia Shaikh
Posted Nov 15, 2016
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A report published today claims that hackers have broken into Mark Zuckerberg’s online accounts, for the second time this year. The now-infamous hacking group, OurMine, is said to be behind this hacking attempt.

OurMine, a hacking group that goes after celebrity profiles to raise awareness about security practices, has claimed credit for targeting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Pinterest account. While we can’t see any defacement on the account at the time of writing, folks at ZDNet (who were contacted by the group claiming this hack) confirm that Zuck’s Pinterest bio temporarily said, “Don’t worry, we are just testing your security.”

The group hasn’t detailed the way it carried out the hack. However, it did confirm that it didn’t use information from any of the databases that were leaked this year after some mega breaches. The publication adds that when pressed, the hacking group said it used an “exploit on Pinterest,” but didn’t detail the vulnerability.

Zuckerberg continues to reuse old passwords?

OurMine also emailed ZDNet Zuckerberg’s publicly known username and password for his Twitter account. Hackers claimed that Facebook chief’s current Twitter password was his former personal Gmail password, which he changed six months ago. Whew! That’s some information. The group also added that Zuckerberg had enabled two-factor authentication on Twitter after his account was hacked earlier this year. “The phone number associated with the account ended in ’86,’ according to the hackers,” ZDNet wrote.

The publication couldn’t obviously verify any of this information without violating hacking laws. We aren’t provided with a screenshot to confirm this hack, either. So right now, the latest Zuckerberg hack is anything but verified.

Earlier this year, the Facebook founder lost control of his Twitter and Pinterest accounts, after OurMine hacked both. OurMine claimed the group was able to hack Zuckerberg using passwords they found from the 2012 LinkedIn data dump.

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OurMine is known for targeting high-profile users. So far, they have hit several celebrity accounts, including Google’s Sundar Pichai, Spotify’s Daniel Ek, and Uber’s Travis Kalanick. The group also targeted BuzzFeed after it ran a story that OurMine was the brainchild of a high-school student, under the headline, “This Saudi Teen Is Probably Behind the Hacks of Dozens of Tech CEOs.”

– We will update this story with the official statement, if any.

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