Yes, now we officially know that no one’s safe. Taking responsibility, the hacker group OurMine took over Facebook CEO’s Twitter, Pinterest and possibly Instagram accounts in a bid to apparently raise awareness.
All this took place some time this Sunday. Tings are obviously a lot easier when you are the CEO of the world’s largest social network, as Mark Zuckerberg appears to have regained control of his social media accounts. And on a funnier note, OurMine’s Twitter account has been frozen.
They claim that Zuckerberg’s password — which was “dadada” — was exposed by the 2012 LinkedIn password dump. That would make a lot of sense, because a) Zuckerberg hasn’t used his Twitter or Pinterest accounts in years, and b) a bunch of other celebrities have also seen their Twitter accounts hacked in the last few days.
The LinkedIn password leak is the largest of its kind in recent memory, consisting of the account info of some 164 million users. The danger of the leak isn’t so much exposing the details of people’s LinkedIn accounts, but rather exposing username and password combos that people often reuse across many sites.
The lesson? It’ll take us much more than two days- if never- to regain control over our accounts if hacked. So, the best thing to do would be to use unique passwords on every site. But if you’ve done this your entire life, it’s a little difficult to go back and change every password- no less bother remembering them! So, as a precaution and an eye opener, you can check if your LinkedIn password has been exposed with the HaveIBeenPwned tool. The other stats about the number of exposed accounts have also been displayed. And then, you might want to change your password and enable two-factor authentication on any accounts that could potentially destroy you if hacked.