Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was apparently targeted by a hacking team over the weekend that was able to access his seldom-used Twitter and Pinterest accounts.
The hacker group OurMine, believed to be based in Saudi Arabia, posted messages to Zuckerberg’s Twitter account, @finkd, which features just 19 tweets and hasn’t been otherwise updated since 2012. The team also briefly commandeered Zuckerberg’s Pinterest account, which has just a few boards and pins.
Both Twitter and Pinterest have since removed the unauthorized content on Zuckerberg’s accounts, and Twitter has also suspended OurMine’s main account. The group is now posting on Twitter via a backup account.
‘Saving People from Other Hackers’
On Sunday, OurTeam tweeted on the backup account, “i don’t understand why @twitter suspended our account while we are saving people from other hackers!” Another tweet posted this morning added, “Our Old Twitter (@_OurMine_) is suspended because we are just trying to secure Mark Zuckerberg Accounts!”
The person or people posting to the backup OurTeam Twitter page also noted they would try to get the team’s main Twitter account unsuspended.
Contrary to some news reports stating that OurTeam claimed to have found Zuckerberg’s login information from user data leaked from a major hack attack on LinkedIn in 2012, the hacking group noted in a tweet yesterday that it had made no such claim and added that it had never used LinkedIn.
‘Relatively New’ Hacking Group
OurMine is a “relatively new” hacking group that first appeared on Twitter in March 2015, according to a report published by the content delivery network specialist Akamai last year. The team initially appeared to focus on distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on gaming services, and later took responsibility for similar such attacks on financial service companies.
Nine companies were attacked by OurTeam on July 22 of last year, with the combined DDoS attack levels exceeding 117 gigabytes per second. OurMine has also claimed to have attacked a number of other targets, including Soundcloud and PewDiePie.
Zuckerberg hasn’t made any public statement regarding the OurMine attacks on his accounts. However, after OurMine tweeted it had accessed his accounts, Zuckerberg responded, “No you didn’t. Go away, skids.” That tweet has also since been removed.
A June 2012 hack of LinkedIn was originally believed to have involved just 6.5 million passwords — at least, that’s the number LinkedIn first acknowledged. However, a report emerged last month that a dark Web marketplace and another site, LeakedSource, had obtained data from 167 million hacked LinkedIn accounts. Of those, 117 million included e-mails and passwords. The remaining accounts are thought to belong to users who logged into the site via Facebook.
Some news reports have stated that OurTeam claimed to have found Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest password — “dadada” — in the compromised LinkedIn data.