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Even Mark Zuckerberg Uses The Same Password For Different Accounts

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears to have used the same password on multiple social media accounts

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. — REUTERS
Jun 06, 2016 at 9:32 AM ET

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appears to have defied his website’s own security guidelines by using the same passwords on multiple social media accounts, according to hackers who breached his Twitter and Pinterest profiles.

The hackers responsible, OurMine Team, claimed to have accessed Zuckerberg’s profiles using his LinkedIn account information, which they said was found in a recent dump of 117 million user accounts, The Verge reported.

If true, that would mean Zuckerberg used the same password for multiple accounts, in direct opposition to his own company’s guidelines for password security. “For extra security, your Facebook password should be different than the passwords you use to log into other accounts, like your email or bank account,” Facebook states in its Help Center.

Hackers posted one tweet on Zuckerberg’s Twitter account @finkd (which he hadn’t used for years) and also altered the 32-year-old’s display name on Pinterest. According to images posted on social media, hackers revealed Zuckerberg’s password, claiming it was part of the LinkedIn hack, reported in 2012, and found for sale on the dark net last month. Twitter temporarily suspended Zuckerberg’s account, Venture Beat reported, but later restored it, with the offending tweet removed. The alteration made to his Pinterest account has also been undone.

Zuckerberg wasn’t the only celebrity targeted by hackers recently. On Sunday, actor Jack Black’s band Tenacious D tweeted that its account had been hacked, as did singer Keith Richards. A fresh tweet on the Twitter page of late “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn, who died in 2011, caused concern that his account, too, had been hacked. That tweet had not been removed by Monday morning. According to reports, Kylie Jenner’s account was also hacked on Monday with a series of inflammatory tweets. However, it was not clear whether the hackers that claimed responsibility for breaching Zuckerberg’s accounts were also behind other hacks.

LinkedIn said in 2012 it had invalidated passwords of accounts affected in the breach, and said it would notify users via email about how to update their passwords.