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Mark Zuckerberg hacked in massive online attack

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He may be the billionaire behind the world’s largest social network, but it seems Mark Zuckerberg can still fall victim to internet hacking.

The Facebook co-founder’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were briefly compromised last night, after being hacked by a group which calls itself OurMine.

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The group, which before having its account suspended had more than 40,000 followers on Twitter, claimed to have learned Mr Zuckerberg’s password as a result of a recent LinkedIn data leak.

“Hey @finkd, you were in LinkedIn Database with the password ‘dadada’! DM (direct message) for proof,” the group tweeted from Mr Zuckerberg’s Twitter account.

Last month, details pertaining to some 100 million LinkedIn users, which were stolen back in 2012, were leaked online.

LinkedIn said it would invalidate the passwords of the accounts impacted and warned users to reset their passwords.

Before the hack, Mr Zuckerberg had not posted on Twitter since January, 2012. His Pinterest board was equally inactive.

Screenshots of the hack shared across social media showed OurMine also claimed to have gained access to Mr Zuckerberg’s Instagram account.

However, the ABC understands the account was unaffected.

According to data compiled by Splash Data earlier this year, the password “123456” remains the most popular among internet users, closely followed by “password”.

Matthew Warren, professor of information security at Deakin University, recommends using a mix of upper-case and lower-case characters, and punctuation such as commas and question marks.

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