Who would have ever thought the infamous internet entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg, often called a genius, would get hacked? Well it happened! What a bad day for him. Doesn’t he himself or his team have a a set date when they remind themselves to reset his passwords to a ridiculous variety of characters, numbers, and letters that could never possibly be guessed? Although his password was something most would have not of guessed, it sure was something very ordinary, yet strange. Mark getting hacked was not the surprise as we are sure there are people out there who dedicate all 24 hours of their day to hacking powerful individuals. But, we are surprised at the password uncovered in the process.
Just recently Zuckerberg’s Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram accounts were hacked into by a group called OurMine, which then simply started posting to make everyone aware that his accounts were under control by someone else. It’s funny how in the early years of the development of Facebook Zuckerberg cackled at the thousands of people signing up for Facebook without knowledge of where their private information such as emails, date of birth, place of residency, pictures, and more was going. Now, Zuckerberg was the laughing stock of the internet for a few days when hackers found out his password was “dadada.” How comical. What does that even mean? Maybe that was something meaningful, or could be something completely non-meaningful, but something easily remembered. We were expecting a 53-long word with 6 symbols, 14 numbers, and the rest letters, but that’s not even close. There’s not even an upper case letter!
The last tweet on Zuckerberg’s account had been four years prior. Hackers then updated the profile by sending the tweet, stating, “Hey, Mark Zuckerberg, you were in the Linkedin Database with the password “dadada” ! DM for proof.” Back in 2012 the social network LinkedIn was hacked, and more than 160 million accounts were played around with, Zuckerberg’s account being one of them. He then reused his same password from LinkedIn to his other social accounts. According to the hackers they were able to get into his Facebook, but Facebook denied it all and said that “No Facebook systems or accounts were accessed.”
Private information and messages could have easily been exploited, but either there wasn’t any to share, or the hackers did Mark a favor. Gigya, a leader in Customer Identity Management conducted a survey of roughly 4,000 consumers in the U.S. and the U.K., of all ages. 52 percent would choose modern passwords over traditional ones. Over the years passwords have become less and less protective, and more of a game on what can be the most memorable and quickest to type in. Passwords like 1234 or 12201994 still exist, yet people fail to realize that is a very, very bad password regardless on what kind of information you store online.
Words of advice, don’t end up like Zuckerberg. Take the time out to put a few extra letters, symbols, uppercase letter, numbers, and more to protect you and your private information.