Zuckerberg’s Social Media Accounts Hacked After LinkedIn Data Breach
Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked this Sunday.
OurMine, a Saudi Arabian hacker group, claimed responsibility and said the Facebook founder’s login details were included in the 2012 LinkedIn hack. Zuckerberg had re-used his low-security password ‘dadada’ for all three social media accounts.
OurMine also claimed to have hacked Zuckerberg’s Instagram account, but Facebook denied these allegations. A spokesperson said, “No Facebook systems or accounts were accessed…the affected accounts have been re-secured.”
LinkedIn did not admit how dire the 2012 breach was until 167 million login pairs were listed for sale for 5 bitcoins (about $2,200) at ‘The Real Deal,” a dark web marketplace. Zuckerberg’s credentials were presumably purchased there.
Since LinkedIn did not salt the passwords, the entire stolen database was cracked within three days.
Zuckerberg was not the only high-profile victim. Keith Richards, Tenacious D, Katy Perry and Kylie Jenner were also hacked. The hackers used Tenacious D’s Twitter account to announce the death of Jack Black, which the duo called a “sick prank” after they regained control of their account.
These celebrity woes teach us that it’s important to use complex passwords, but until companies begin salting passwords, hackers will still have a relatively easy time cracking them.
LinkedIn settled a class-action lawsuit stemming from the 2012 breach in February 2015. The company agreed to pay $1.25 million to members affected by the hack.