Wednesday 7 December 2016

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter account 'hacked

Published 06/06/2016 | 17:03

Mark Zuckerberg's account was quickly restored after the incident
Mark Zuckerberg's account was quickly restored after the incident

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg briefly found his Twitter account had been hacked.

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Screenshots preserved by the technology website Engadget appeared to show someone using the little-used account to say Zuckerberg was "in the LinkedIn database" and inviting the social media mogul to get in touch.

Facebook Inc released a statement on Monday saying that none of the company's systems or accounts were accessed and that Zuckerberg's affected accounts have since been re-secured.

Zuckerberg's Facebook account and password were not compromised, the company said; his account on Facebook-owned Instagram was also unaffected.

It is not yet clear how the hack happened, although a spate of massive data breaches at companies - including LinkedIn Corp - has recently given hackers a wealth of password data to work with. Several high-profile Twitter users have also had their accounts hacked in recent weeks.

Zuckerberg's name is synonymous with Facebook, but the billionaire has several accounts on rival social networks, including one registered with Google Inc. None appear very active.

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