Sundar Pichai’s account on Quora had been hacked by the same group that hijacked online accounts of Mark Zuckerberg and Daniel Ek, both CEOs of Facebook and Spotify respectively.
The hackers gained control over Sundar Pichai’s account and posted messages on Quora on his name. Since the Twitter and Quora accounts were connected, the messages were distributed to the CEO’s half million followers.
The mischievous group took the name OurMine and bragged on their blog of how they managed to get access to Sundar Pichai’s accounts. The hackers also offer on their site security services for social media accounts and websites.
Mark Zuckerberg received the same treatment earlier in June when OurMine got control over his Pinterest and Twitter accounts. The hackers said that Zuckerberg’s password was obtained in 2012 by another attacker that got access to LinkedIn information.
All the attacks are justified by the hackers with the fact that their security was weak. The group explains they use different exploits to extract passwords directly from the browsers used by celebrities.
It seems that the group started by hacking accounts in order to steal information. However, they now declare themselves a security group that can help people and companies to protect their accounts from other, more dangerous hackers.
Nobody knows how the hackers managed to obtain secured information on various social networks. However, experts believe that the method does not involve system breaches of the websites in question.
OurMine members do not change the passwords on the accounts they hacked, as now they declare no intention to steal information or to use their attacks on big names of the software business to make statements.
The group’s interest is aimed more at the financial part of the situation, as they advertise on the website security services ranging from social media accounts with a fee of $99.99 up to company scans in the value of $5.000.
One computer expert managed to trace the IP addresses used by hackers to locations in Saudi Arabia. As they use a VPN system, it is very difficult to find their exact location. However, it is clear that none of them is from Saudi Arabia.
OurMine also has a theme song, a cover of Ariana Grade’s song “One Last Time” with lyrics changed to fit the hacking theme. The group pretends that it paid $1,000 for the song, which was created exclusively for them.
Other victims of the attackers were Matthew Yglesias, Werner Vogels, and Channing Tatum.
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