Facebook CEO Outwitted By Hackers

It turns out that Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, one of the most secure online platforms of all time, hasn’t been following passw...


It turns out that Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, one of the most secure online platforms of all time, hasn’t been following password security 101 principles. Which is why hacker group from Saudi Arabia called OurMine was able to hack into Zuck’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts on Sunday. Ouch. 

But how is that even possible, right? We’re talking about one of the most successful and knowledgeable tech gurus of our time, Mark Zuckerberg! How could his accounts get hacked? Well, it turns out that the hacker group managed to grab Zuck’s SHA coded password from the LinkedIn data breach files and then they went ahead and cracked it. Once they had his LinkedIn password, they tried to use it for Zuck’s other social media accounts and to their surprise… it worked. 

Now here’s the interesting part. The famous LinkedIn data breach that leaked the email and password combinations of 167 million members happened in 2012. That was 4 years ago… That means that Zuckerberg hasn’t changed his password for 4 years. And he was using the same password for LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter. 

I know that you can’t wait to find out the mind-blowingly complex password Zuckerberg must have been using for his social media profiles so here it goes: “dadada.” Yep, that’s right. None of that upper-case, numerical value shenanigans that literally every single online security expert recommends nowadays. Just a very simple 6 letter word… and a very generic one at that. 


I think that in a way Zuck took the bullet for all of us. This story is a great reminder for everybody that we need to keep track of our online presence and change our passwords regularly. The longer and more complex your password is, the better. And please don’t use the same password for multiple accounts.

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Cavakia TherlongeAbout the Author
Cavakia Therlonge is a Miami fitness professional and digital marketing consultant. When he's not in the gym helping men and women find fitness, he likes to dedicate a portion of his time to Info Oomph to help reach fitness hopefuls via the written word. A side from sharing the fitness gospel, he's passionate about helping local companies like Hilton generate more traffic via SEO and social media marketing. To connect with Cavakia for digital marketing solutions, email him at info@infooomph.com or via social media.

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