Yes, you got it right, the person behind the biggest social networking website Facebook, got tricked by a group of hackers named “OurMine”.
Some of the Facebook Inc. CEO’s social media account were hijacked on Sunday. The attackers posted some messages from these sites to prove that they have hacked Mark Zuckerberg’s account. This created a buzz over the internet.
In this cyber attack, Facebook CEO’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were compromised. However, OurMine Team has also claimed a hack over Zuck’s Instagram account, although Facebook denied to this fact. There is still no evidence of hijack of his Instagram account.
According to the hackers, they were able to get into Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest account by using the same password of his LinkedIN account. Around 157 million LinkedIN accounts were hacked by Peace in the past few days and it appears that Zuckerberg was among the people whose passwords were exposed in the LinkedIN breach.
The hacker group “OurMine ” revealed that Mark Zuckerberg’s LinkedIN, Pinterest, and Twitter account passwords were same. The password for all these accounts was “dadada” as disclosed by the hacker group. It seems like Facebook CEO is too lazy to follow his own company’s security tip. Facebook’s first security tip is “Don’t use your Facebook password anywhere else online.” At least his Facebook account was not hacked. Phewwww..!
According to the screenshots grabbed by @Ben_Hall, the “OurMine” team posted a tweet from Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter handle saying “Hey, @finkd You were in LinkedIn Database with the password “dadada”! DM for proof…”Zuckerberg isn’t a heavy Twitter user. His last tweet was from the year 2012. After this attack, Twitter temporarily has shut down mark’s twitter account and after deleting the tweets posted by the hacker group, Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter handle was made available.
Things We Can Learn From this Security Breach
- We should always set a strong password for our accounts. Passwords should be made with a combination of alphabets, numbers, and special characters and should be at least eight characters long.
- Two website accounts should not have the same password as hacking of one account password will give hackers access to another account.
- It might be hard to remember all these different passwords, so it is recommended to use a Password Manager.
- Many platforms like LinkedIN, Twitter(and soon Instagram) has tightened their security walls and are providing a 2-step verification system. This verification includes authentication of the account using OTP(one time password) which would be sent to the registered user. We should use this method to provide extra security to our online accounts.
- It is recommended to use an Internet security tool for the protection of our user accounts. Internet security provides an extra layer of protection to the Internet thereby securing your network from any intrusions.
These were some of the steps which everyone should follow to avoid any attack from the hackers as it is always said: “It is better to be safe than sorry.”
Infomation Source: Sniper Corporation | Free Antivirus for PC