A number of alarmingly high level hacks have revealed the fragility of cyber security in the IT age. These hacks left some of the world’s most powerful technology startup executives’ passwords compromised. Hackers stole the passwords and hacked Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey. All three of these individuals and their respective companies seem to be interconnected in this series of breaches.
Facebook and LinkedIn
It started in 2012 when hackers infiltrated the business-oriented social network LinkedIn. This lead to the compromise of well over 6 million accounts and more than 100 million passwords. Included in that list of passwords were those of none other than Mr. Mark Zuckerberg. As a result, both his Twitter and Pinterest pages have since been hacked.
LinkedIn claims to have since addressed and fixed the issue. But Mr. Zuckerberg reportedly re-used passwords from the past. That allowed hackers to infiltrate his accounts in 2016 due to the hack in 2012. Zuckerberg apparently used his Twitter account very rarely. In fact, he hadn’t Tweeted anything for four straight years. Nonetheless, that he failed to take necessary precautions left his account compromised. That can have serious repercussions, considering the amount of reach, influence, and power he has in the world.
The same hacking group that broke into Zuckerberg’s accounts also stole Google’s Sundar Pichai’s password in June. The group goes by the name OurMine. This time the problem traces back to Bitly. Bitly is a URL shortening service. It’s advantageous for social media management because it saves space in channels that limit the allotted number of characters.
These are just a small portion of a growing number of influential celebrities and CEOs who fell victim to OurMine. They have revealed to the world that even some of the most technologically skilled individuals in the world are not immune from hackerism.
What To Do About It
However, it is important to bear in mind that in most instances, there is in fact a lapse in judgment. Mark Zuckerberg should have known to change his password after the LinkedIn hack. In any case, these are mistakes that anyone could make, especially when you’re too busy to concern yourself with tedious IT security. That’s why you hire pros to worry about that for you.