Hackers hit two Mark Zuckerberg social media accounts

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had some of his social media accounts hacked.

Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked Sunday by a hacker group called OurMine, according to reports.

The group reportedly discovered Zuckerberg’s password during a breach in the LinkedIn database. His password reportedly was not very strong – the hackers said it was “dadada” — and was used on multiple accounts, which are cardinal social media sins. He also reportedly had not used those accounts very often.

The hackers tweeted from Zuckerberg’s Twitter account and changed the title of his Pinterest page. Both accounts later were returned to Zuckerberg and the posts were deleted.

Hackers also claim they have accessed Zuckerberg’s Instagram account, a Facebook-owned application on which Zuckerberg is active.

Madonna stirs controversy with Instagram photo of Jewish and Muslim men embracing

Madonna's Instagram account has become a source of controversy yet again. 

The pop star made headlines on Sunday when she shared a photo of a Jewish man and a Muslim man embracing, seemingly about to kiss. In the caption, Madonna included the hashtag of “Rebel Heart,” her recent studio album: “This image is ��. ❤️#rebelhearts.”


This image is ��. ❤️#rebelhearts

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Iranian judge summons Facebook CEO for breach of privacy

A conservative Iranian court opened a case against instant messaging services WhatsApp and Instagram while also summoning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over complaints of privacy violation, state news agency ISNA reported on Tuesday.

The case underscores the growing struggle between moderate Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's drive to increase Internet freedoms and demands by the conservative judiciary for tighter controls.

The Iranian court in the southern province of Fars opened the cases against the social networks after citizens complained of breaches of privacy.

“According to the court's ruling, the Zionist director of the company of Facebook, or his official attorney must appear in court to defend himself and pay for possible losses,” said Ruhollah Momen-Nasab, an Iranian internet official, according to state news agency ISNA, referring to Zuckerberg's Jewish background.

Zuckerberg, whose company owns WhatsApp and Instagram, is unlikely to heed the summons.

Iran is still under international sanctions over its disputed nuclear activities and it is difficult for U.S. citizens to secure travel visas, even if they want to visit.

Internet use is high in Iran, partly because many young Iranians turn to it to bypass an official ban on Western cultural products, and Tehran occasionally filters popular websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Rouhani, in remarks that challenge hardliners who have stepped up measures to censor the Web, said earlier this month that Iran should embrace the Internet rather than see it as a threat.

A Rouhani administration official said Iran would loosen Internet censorship by introducing “smart filtering”, which only keeps out sites the Islamic government considers immoral.

Reporting by Michelle Moghtader; editing by Sami Aboudi and Alister Doyle

James Franco: Of Entice and Rejection

Call it luxury or call it tragedy, but history writes that celebrities aren’t typically known for their moral upstanding, especially in the field of sexual (mis)conduct. Google almost anyone with an IMDB page and throw “controversy,” “affair” or “sex tape” into the search bar — you’re bound to find something fun.

The Jewish hot stuffs are no exception, as we’re reminded today by the surfacing of suggestive texts and Instagram photos/messages, from a 35-year-old James Franco to a 17-year-old Lucy Clode, of Scotland. On the night of April 1, the teen, who was visiting her mom in New York for her 18th birthday, met Franco during an autograph signing outside the theater where she had just seen his Broadway play “Of Mice and Men.” The two started a rousing game of Instagram tag, which is where the night of almost-passion starts to culminate.

After the two part ways, Franco cuts right to the chase. His messages open with “Where do you live?” and “Do you have a bf?” Lucy seemingly vacillates between star-struck giddiness and disbelief.

“April fools was an hour ago though…”

“It’s me,” insists Franco.

Lucy, unconvinced, asks Franco to send her photographic evidence that he is, in fact, James Franco. He accommodates. More than once. But after a few more exchanges, a “Should I rent a room?” here and a “Tomorrow or Thurs?” there, their night is cut short when Lucy musters up what one can only assume to be outrageous self control, and denies the movie/TV/Broadway heartthrob.

“I’ll come back when I’m 18.”

Hats-off to Franco should this turn out to have just been an April Fool’s prank for the ages, and let this be a reminder of the level of commitment he brings to the table for all his acting endeavors.

For the less optimistic, lest the judgments flow too harshly, keep in mind we’ve all been a sucker for a pretty face with an accent once or twice.

Official opening night for “Of Mice and Men” is April 16 at Longacre Theatre in New York.



‘N Sync’s Lance Bass engaged to Michael Turchin

It’s been a pretty good few days for Lance Bass. First, there was the ‘N Sync reunion at the MTV Video Music Awards, and then, over the weekend, he proposed to boyfriend Michael Turchin.

“He said YES!! Love this man,” read Bass’ caption on an Instagram photo he posted Sunday that shows him pointing to Turchin’s engagment ring.

While Bass was raised Southern Baptist, Turchin, an artist and aspiring actor, is a self-described “nice Jewish boy.” The couple has been together since 2011.

Mazel tov guys!

Outcry over Israeli soldier’s photo of boy in crosshairs

An Israeli soldier has provoked an outcry by publishing a photograph that appeared to show the back of a Palestinian boy's head seen through the crosshairs of a rifle.

Israel's army said on Tuesday it would hold an investigation into the conduct of the soldier, who posted the picture on the online photo-sharing website Instagram.

Israeli media identified the soldier as a 20-year-old conscript serving in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian officials, who want the West Bank as part of a future state, condemned the publication of the photograph, saying it showed Israeli forces believed they could act with impunity.

“Every Palestinian mother is concerned for her child … because of the picture that is now known and seen worldwide,” said Palestinian government spokeswoman Nour Odeh on Tuesday.

It was not possible to verify independently whether the photo was taken in the West Bank – territory Israel captured in a 1967 war – or whether the person in it was Palestinian.

The Israeli military said the soldier's commanders had been notified and the issue would be dealt with.

“The picture in question does not coincide with IDF's (Israeli Defence Forces) values or code of ethics,” the military said in a statement.

Israeli soldiers have been sentenced to jail time in the past for posting images of themselves posing beside Palestinian detainees.

Reporting by Jerusalem Newsroom; Editing by Andrew Heavens

Refaeli ripped for donning Santa suit

Bar Refaeli is getting heat again — this time for a picture showing the Israeli model in a Santa suit.

Refaeli posted the photo last week on her Instagram account with the caption “Good Morning Santa,” according to Shalom Life. The hat is drawn over her eyes; Shalom Life said “it’s safe to assume that she has a hangover, is drunk, or is exhausted from a photo shoot.”

Twitter followers berated Refaeli for wearing a Santa suit since she is Jewish, even telling her that she is “betraying Israel,” according to Shalom Life.

Refaeli was ripped by Israeli followers during last month's Operation Pillar of Defense for tweeting that she is “praying for the safety of citizens on both sides.” Many Israelis called her “unpatriotic” and accused Eefaeli of not caring enough about Israel.

Bar Santa

OPINION: Don’t know much about history

The reason that our financial system isn’t going to crash and burn again, the reason that taxpayers won’t have to fork over another trillion dollars of no-strings-attached bailout money, is – well, I forget.

I haven’t forgotten the reason, because there isn’t any.  What I’ve forgotten is that there is no reason it can’t happen again.  I’ve forgotten the bipartisan sliminess that enabled this catastrophe, like the demolition of the Glass-Steagall wall between banking and stock speculation.  I’ve forgotten the battalions of Wall Street lobbyists armed with limitless campaign cash that decimated Dodd-Frank’s attempt to regulate derivatives. I’ve forgotten the obscene bonuses, underwritten by our rescue money, that plutocrats have kept on awarding themselves to celebrate escaping accountability. 

I know: I haven’t really forgotten them.  In fact, I’m enthralled and repulsed by accounts of what went wrong, from the terrific three-part ” target=”_hplink”>Michael Lewis, ” target=”_hplink”>William D. Cohan and other chroniclers of greed, criminality and a political system addicted to legalized graft.

But if more people were paying even a modicum of attention to the past, the economic debate in the 2012 presidential campaign wouldn’t be between one political party beholden to big money that dreamily depicts investment bankers and oligarchs as jobs creators, and another political party, also beholden to big money, that wants applause for fixing the problem.  If more people remembered which policies worked and which failed during the Depression – as Paul Krugman documents in his new book ” target=”_hplink”>quotes the Cato Institute’s Christopher Preble, “I can’t name a single Romney foreign policy adviser who believes the Iraq war was a mistake.”  This doesn’t mean that Iran isn’t a serious threat, but it does mean that the Republican presidential nominee’s brain trust has suffered a catastrophic foreign policy brain fart.

But of course amnesia is the existential basis of Mitt Romney’s campaign.  He takes it for granted that we’ve forgotten everything he said 20 minutes ago about immigration, contraception, student loans, climate change, letting GM go bankrupt, letting the foreclosure process “run its course and hit bottom” and the rest of his Tea Party-friendly positions.  He assumes that when he calls for eliminating regulations, we’ll have no recollection of the BP Gulf oil spill and the Massey Energy Upper Big Branch mine disaster.  He believes that when he embraces Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget, we won’t remember that it dismantles Medicare. 

What makes us so amnesiac?  Schools struggling to do more with less aren’t turning out the informed citizens that Jefferson said democracy requires.  Paranoia, anti-intellectualism, the war on science and the postmodern deconstruction of reality into “narratives” have devalued the currency of truth. The mainstream news media, fearing that unsexy disputes about accuracy will drive audiences away, are wary of fact checks, let alone of running the same fact checks each time the same myths and falsehoods are repeated.  The ideological media – Rupert & Friends—use memory as a subversive weapon; revisionism is a tine on their pitchfork.  The paid media – campaign ads – drive out good information with bad.  By outsourcing our historical memory to the Internet, we dull our native instincts for critical thinking.  By confining our common culture to the contents of next week’s People, we forfeit the presence of the past.  And by basking in the pleasures that the bedazzlement industry amply provides us, we can reliably medicate our rage.  Forgetting what you were angry about in the first place turns out to be one of the abiding joys of civic amnesia.

Marty Kaplan is the ” target=”_hplink”>USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.  Reach him at martyk@jewishjournal.com.