Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, had his Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest accounts briefly hacked for a period of time over the weekend, according to various reports. The group claiming responsibility for the high-profile hacking, OurMine, allegedly took over the billionaire’s accounts and left taunting messages on his Twitter and Pinterest pages. While his Facebook page remained intact, his other two social media accounts read:
“Hey @finkd, you were in Linkedin Database with the password ‘dadada’ !,” the team wrote from Zuckerberg’s Twitter page.
And on his Pinterest, the new title was “Hacked by OurMine Team.”
Tech news magazine Engadget took a screenshot of the tweet from Zuckerberg’s account, in which OurMine said, "Hey @finkd (Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter handle) we got access to your Twitter & Instagram & Pinterest, we are just testing your security, please dm (direct message) us."
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 group, whose principal Twitter account has since been suspended, then messaged him to say that it had found his password on a LinkedIn database of user details that was leaked online last month. "You were in Linkedin Database with the password 'dadada'!", the hacker gloated on Zuckerberg's Twitter page. However, it is believed that the security of Zuckerberg's Facebook and Instagram accounts were not compromised.
The original tweet is not publicly available since having been deleted upon recovery of Zuckerberg’s accounts but other Twitter users, including a U.S.-based social media reporter of CNBC, picked up on the hack.
Since OurMine's main Twitter account has been suspended, the group said in a secondary Twitter account @OurMineTeam43, that it was just trying to alert Zuckerberg to the security flaw.