Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg hacked again

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. His Pinterest account was defaced.

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A hacking group has claimed credit for targeting Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg's online accounts -- for the second time this year.

On Tuesday, a hacking group known as OurMine emailed me to say they had targeted Zuckerberg's Pinterest account, which was defaced with a new tagline and the group's web address.

Zuckerberg's Pinterest bio temporarily said, "Don't worry, we are just testing your security."

By the time we published, the defacement had been removed.

The group would not say, when asked, how it carried out the hack but did say it wasn't through leaked databases.

When pressed, OurMine said it has an "exploit on Pinterest" but gave no details. The last time the group said it had exploited a platform, the claim involved a fake screenshot.

OurMine is best known for targeting high-profile users, such as company bosses and tech executives, and defacing their web accounts with the group's name and a contact address.

OurMine's hope is that the victims reach out for security advice, which the group's website claims to provide.

The hackers also emailed me Zuckerberg's username (which is publicly known) and his password for his Twitter account, which we are not publishing for obvious reasons. The group said the Facebook chief had enabled two-factor authentication after the first instance of the group taking over accounts belonging to Zuckerberg. OurMine also provided details about the phone number associated with the account. The group hijacked Zuckerberg's Pinterest and Twitter accounts in June.

Of course, we can't verify that the details are correct without violating hacking laws. (You can read more about how we verify data breaches and hacks here.)

Zuckerberg isn't alone in being targeted by OurMine. In recent months, its hackers have also claimed Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Uber founder Travis Kalanick.

Zuckerberg did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This story originally posted as "Hacker group targets Mark Zuckerberg's online accounts -- again" on ZDNet.


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