Only weeks after hacker group OurMine infiltrated Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts, they have now been successful in gaining access into Google CEO, Sundar Pichai’s Twitter and Quora accounts.
The members even posted tweets on Pichai’s Twitter timeline before losing access. The hacker team said that they found an exploit in Quora, the question and answer service, which in turn gave them a window to get into Pichai’s account. They then used the obtained credentials to see if it worked on his twitter account.
Quora spokesperson said in a statement, “We are confident that Sundar Pichai’s account was not accessed via some vulnerability in Quora’s systems. This is consistent with past reports where OurMine has exploited previous password leaks on other services to gain access to accounts on Twitter or Facebook. We also have no record of a report by OurMine pointing to any vulnerability.”
“We recommend that people use unique passwords for accounts on different services, so that a security breach on one service does not lead to attackers gaining access to accounts on other services. Safeguarding our users is very important to us, which makes security at Quora one of our highest priorities,” the statement further read.
OurMine is a three-member team that arrived on the scene in early June after it claimed responsibility for hacking Zuckerberg’s social media accounts. It has eyes on major tech executives of late, which include Spotify’s Daniel Ek.
OurMine is attempting to rebrand itself as a ‘security firm’ offering its support to those it targets so that these incidents don’t occur again.
The group defaced Zuckerberg’s accounts after figuring out his password, “dadada,” in a massive data dump sold on the underground internet that revealed usernames and passwords linked to a slew of social media accounts including those on MySpace and LinkedIn.