A Saudi Arabia-based group called OurMine, has hacked the Twitter and Pinterest accounts of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The group, which has more than 40,000 followers on Twitter, claimed it had hacked the account of Zuckerberg on Sunday.
In a tweet inviting the Facebook founder to contact them, the group said it has access to Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram accounts of Zuckerberg, per BBC.
“Hey @finkd we got access to your Twitter & Instagram & Pinterest, we are just testing your security, please dm us,” the hackers wrote in a tweet that was later deleted, according to the report.
However, a representative of Facebook who spoke to VentureBeat swiftly denied any breach as it concerns Zuckerberg’s Instagram account. “No Facebook systems or accounts were accessed. The affected accounts have been re-secured,” the source was quoted as saying.
The LinkedIn password dump connection
Although this could not be verified as at the time of writing this, the OuMine Team claimed it was able to pull off the hack through the recent LinkedIn password dump where 117 million accounts were breached by another hacker. Recall that a couple of weeks ago, 117 million passwords of users on LinkedIn were breached—though the company quickly asked users to reset their passwords while on its part, LinkedIn invalidated the credentials. A lot of people love to use the same password across different websites—which could be one of the reasons why MySpace Tumblr were also affected a couple of days after attack on LinkedIn’s was reported.
Twitter didn’t take long to respond and quickly moved in to restore normalcy. The microblogging company also got the tweet deleted. Now that was quick and quite commendable from Twitter—but what about Pinterest?
As at the time of putting this together, the company was yet to respond to the hack. The status quo remains—hopefully things will be restored to normal.
With hackers, you never know—the safest way out for now is to avoid using the same password across websites. Also, a quick dash to your LinkedIn account to reset your old password could be the safest route to protecting your data.
It is apparent that most websites are switching to advanced security methods to protect users—but you have a big role to play in preventing your account from being breached. Perhaps, regular reset of passwords and use of different passwords for different accounts could be key to all these.
A fortnight ago, Reddit sent out mail to a hundred thousand users—asking them to reset their passwords. The emails were sent on the heels of the LinkedIn password dump—a measure that may have saved the company any pain from data breaches anytime in the future.
“Though Reddit itself has not been exploited, even the best security in the world won’t work when users are reusing passwords between sites,” the company said. We’ve ramped up our ability to detect the takeovers, and sent out 100k password resets in the last 2 weeks.”
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