Zuckerberg’s Online Profiles Hacked

By Elaine Chan and Priscilla Chan (CC BY 2.5  via Wikimedia Commons)

By Elaine Chan and Priscilla Chan (CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons)

Online accounts are compromised every day, yet many of us think it could never happen to us. Think again. Over the weekend, Facebook tycoon Mark Zuckerberg was the victim of an attack that saw hackers gain access to his Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest profiles. If one of the most tech savvy entrepreneurs can find himself in this situation, none of us are immune.

There has been plenty of speculation as to how the crooks got access, including suggestions Zuckerberg was caught up in the 2012 LinkedIn hack and used the same password for multiple sites. The good news is his Facebook account was untouched. Some media reported his Instagram account was also compromised; however, a TechCrunch article states the photo-sharing platform’s security systems stopped the intrusion.

No real damage was done before the accounts were reclaimed, though the group – which called itself “OurMine” – did post a few messages.
Zuckerberg and his Facebook PR machine have been quiet in the wake of the cyber attacks and have declined to comment.