Mark Zuckerberg’s Pinterest Account Hacked For The Second Time This Year
In the month of June, we had reported how a hacker group named OurMine had claimed responsibility for gaining access to Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram accounts.
For the second time this year, Zuckerberg’s Pinterest account has been hacked by OurMine again. OurMine is reportedly a group of teenage hackers based in Saudi Arabia who target social media accounts of top Silicon Valley executives in order to ‘raise awareness’ about internet security. It brings out the security flaws in a user’s account by gaining access to them, says OurMine team.
Apparently, OurMine mailed folks at CNET who claimed to have hacked Zuckerberg’s Pinterest account. They claimed to have a discovered a vulnerability on Pinterest that allowed them to hijack Zuckerberg’s account. By exploiting it, they were able to deface his profile.
According to the report, Facebook CEO’s bio on Pinterest temporarily read, “Don’t worry, we are just testing your security.” While the group did not disclose how it carried out the hack but they did say it wasn’t through from any of the databases that were leaked this year after some mega breaches. “When pressed, OurMine said it has an “exploit on Pinterest” but gave no details,” says the report.
OurMine group also mailed CNET the username and password of Zuckerberg’s Twitter account. The group claimed that Facebook chief’s current Twitter password was his former personal Gmail password, which he changed six months ago. The group also revealed that Zuckerberg switched to two-factor authentication on Twitter after his account was hacked earlier this year. “The phone number associated with the account ended in ’86,’ according to the hackers,” CNET wrote.
OurMine had previously claimed responsibility for hacking Pokemon Go servers in July, Twitter account of John Hanke; the CEO of the US – based software company, Niantic that created the popular GPS – based augmented reality game, Pokemon Go, along with the Japanese company, Nintendo. In June this year, the group had also hacked Twitter’s chief executive officer (CEO), Jack Dorsey’s and Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai’s social media accounts. OurMine had also hacked the Twitter account of Evan Williams, the micro blogging site’s co-founder and former CEO, during March this year.