Mark Zuckerberg's accounts were reportedly hacked on Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter over the weekend, but some of those reports were called into question.
After the initial reports, Facebook officials told Engadget
that they had determined that intruders did not actually break into his Instagram profile — nor his Facebook profile.
According to Reuters
, the trouble began when a suspicious post was placed on Zuckerberg's Twitter account, which had not been used since January 2012, stating, "Hey, @finkd You were in LinkedIn Datatbase with the password 'dadada'! DM (direct message) for proof.'"
Zuckerberg's Pinterest page was similarly defaced with the headline "Hacked By OurMine Team," according to a screengrab of the page posted on VentureBeat, stated Reuters.
Twitter soon suspended the page associated with @_OurMine_.
"A number of other online services have seen millions of passwords stolen in the past several weeks," said a Twitter representative. "We recommend people use a unique, strong password for Twitter."
Engadget reported that proof of the hacker's invasion on Zuckerberg's sites were "removed quickly … which hints that Mark was likely on top of things."
"One thing's for sure: Zuckerberg is now well aware that even old, rarely used accounts are still prime targets for intruders if there's a big name attached," added Engadget.
TechCrunch wondered aloud
if Zuckerberg's LinkedIn breach could have been connected to a dump of hacked emails and passwords from that site last month. The exposure provided hackers with large amounts of real-world password data to that could have led other breaches.
"It's unclear if the Zuckerberg hack incident relates to the vast cache of compromised LinkedIn email and password data, but it's possible it does given the timing of the hack — and the fact the hackers referred to the LinkedIn breach in a message tweeted from Zuckerberg's account …," wrote Tech Crunch.
"The hackers also posted what they claimed was the password associated with Zuckerberg's LinkedIn account," Tech Crunch added.
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