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Facebook’s accounts on Twitter and Instagram were jeopardized on Friday. 


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Hackers briefly took control of Facebook’s accounts on Twitter and Instagram on Friday through a third-party platform, raising issues about the security of the social media networks. Both accounts are back to typical. 

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Hacker group OurMine briefly took control of Facebook’s Twitter account on Friday. 


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At around 3: 50 p.m., hacker group OurMine tweeted from Facebook’s Twitter account. The very same group likewise pirated the Twitter accounts of more than a lots NFL groups in January prior to the SuperBowl and has actually likewise hacked the accounts of tech magnates such as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. 

“Well, even Facebook is hackable but at least their security better than Twitter,” the group stated in a tweet that has actually now been erased. Hackers likewise jeopardized the Twitter represent Facebook’s messaging service. 

Around the very same time, the group took control of Facebook’s Instagram account and published images of the group’s logo design.

A Twitter spokesperson validated that Facebook’s account was hacked through a third-party platform. “As soon as we were made aware of the issue, we locked the compromised accounts and are working closely with our partners at Facebook to restore them,” she stated in a declaration. Twitter decreased to call the third-party platform, however a screenshot of the tweets reveal that the posts originated from social networks management tool Khoros. Instagram and Khoros didn’t right away react to an ask for remark. 

Originally released Feb. 7, 4: 33 p.m. PT.
Update, 4: 58 p.m.: Includes details about the third-party platform and Facebook Messenger’s Twitter account. 

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