A number of celebrities, including Keith Richards and Mark Zuckerberg, were hit by a mass Twitter attack over the weekend. Hackers took control of Tenacious D’s verified Twitter account, claiming that band member Jack Black had died. Kylie Jenner and the late Ryan Dunn were also hit by attacks.
“My Twitter was hacked, and I don’t really care,” Jenner said in a video posted to her Snapchat account, later posted by a fan on Instagram. “I’m just letting them have fun.” Jenner quickly removed a series of offensive messages left by the hacker on her Twitter.
One of the tweets the hackers posted claimed that a sex tape of her existed. “Everyone’s like, leak the sex tape,” Jenner said in a followup video. “Guys, you’ve never gonna see a sex tape from me. It’s never gonna happen.”
Zuckerberg managed to keep his Facebook under lockdown, but his Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram accounts were all attacked. Yes, Zuckerberg is on Twitter, but he has only tweeted fewer than 20 times since joining in February of 2009. Engadget grabbed screenshots of the accounts after they were compromised, but Zuckerberg seemed on top of things, as the accounts were quickly restored back to normal.
Zuckerberg may be the CEO of Facebook, but when it comes to passwords, he’s seemingly not the most responsible guy in the world. According to The Register, Zuckerberg’s password for both Twitter and Pinterest was “dadada.”
The hacker group OurMine claimed responsibility for the Zuckerberg attack, alleging that they were able to gain access through the LinkedIn password hack that took place in 2012. The 117-million passwords collected from the attack were only released in May 2016, with LinkedIn issuing an urgent warning to its members to change their passwords as soon as possible.
LinkedIn is not the only service that has been compromised in recent months. Time, Inc. confirmed last months that Myspace accounts registered before June 2013 had been subject to an attack. Similarly, Tumblr recently revealed that 65 million site passwords had been collected by a third party back in early 2013.