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Some of Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts got hacked because of a simple mistake everyone makes

Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has been a victim of a hacker group. His accounts in Twitter and Pinterest have been hacked and it may be him to blame.

It seems Zuck has been using the same password for his LinkedIn account, his Twitter account and his Pinterest account. The hacker group OurMine Team announced it has used the recent dump of millions LinkedIn passwords to get access to Zuckerberg’s accounts since his was part of the leak, too.

The hack team claimed they have accessed Zuckerberg’s Instagram page, too, but Facebook denied this in a statement to VentureBeat. The company also denied that any other online accounts of Zuckerberg have been hacked and added that the Twitter and Pinterest profiles are already reclaimed and back to their rightful owner.

The hack didn’t really do much damage to Zuckerberg. He has last used his Twitter profile in January 2012. He isn’t much active on Pinterest, either. Even so, if OurMine Team’s claims that they used the password from LinkedIn to access the other accounts is true, then this is a big red flag for everyone, especially Zuckerberg.

Cybersecurity researchers have warned users against using one password for more than one account for decades now. But it still seems to be the most common error people do with their online presence, including none other than Mark Zuckerberg himself who should be on higher alert than everyone since he is more than likely a constant target for hackers.

In other social media password woes, ZDNet is reporting that a hacker has gained the usernames, emails and passwords of 171 million users of Russian’s social network VK., a search engine which records breaches and allows users to check if their details have been compromised, has gotten a copy of 100 million entries from the data dump. It found out that the most common password is… 123456.

This shows that no matter how talented admins you have for you network, if the users/employees aren’t careful, no security tech is going to be able to keep you safe. It also shows how important is to make sure people in your organization know at least the common basics on how to keep their accounts safe.

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