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Mark Zuckerberg's social media accounts targeted by hackers

Hacker group claims it was trying to alert Facebook founder of a security flaw

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 June, 2016, 4:39pm
UPDATED : Monday, 06 June, 2016, 4:55pm

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has had his Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest accounts briefly hacked at the weekend, according to various reports.

A hacker group called OurMine reportedly took over the billionaire's Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest account on Sunday according to screengrabs of Tweets since removed from Zuckerberg's accounts, which are rarely used by the Facebook mogul.

Tech news magazine Engadget took a screengrab of the Tweet in which OurMine said: "Hey @finkd (Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter handle) we got access to your Twitter & Instagram & Pinterest, we are just testing your security, please dm (direct message) us."

The group, whose principal Twitter account has since been suspended, then messaged him to say that it had found his password on a LinkedIn database of user details that was leaked online last month.

Since OurMine's main Twitter account has been suspended, the original tweet is not publicly available, but other Twitter users, including a U.S.-based social media reporter for CNBC, picked up on the hack.

The group said in a secondary Twitter account, @OurMineTeam43, that it was just trying to alert Zuckerberg to the security flaw.

Facebook did not reply to requests for comment.