Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora account has been compromised by the same group of hackers who previously breached Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts.
A three-man hacker outfit called OurMine has hacked Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora account, posting messages on the platform which was incidentally connected to his Twitter account. The posts were therefore forwarded to over half a million Twitter followers.
Late Sunday night, Pichai’s Twitter account began a series of tweets that read:
“Hey, it’s OurMine, we are just testing your security, please visit https://ourmine.org to upgrade it.”
The hacking outfit has notably targeted executives from the tech industry, with Pichai and Zuckerberg among the most notable ones. Spotify’s Daniel Ek was also targeted.
The group claims to use several exploits in the browsers that celebrities use in order to obtain the passwords before cracking and subsequently compromising an account.
As reported by TheNextWeb, OurMine insists that its intentions are entirely wholesome. Only checking the state of security on an account, according to those at OurMine.
We are just testing people security, we never change their passwords, we did it because there is other hackers can hack then and change everything.
Furthermore, the group revealed an unknown vulnerability on Quora’s platform that was ripe for an exploit.
A screenshot, courtesy of TheNextWeb shows the now-deleted tweets published on Pichai’s twitter account.
Other high-profile targets of OurMine include targets such as Twitter CEO and founder Biz Stone, former CEOs Ev Williams and Dick Costolo, musicians David Guetta, David Choi and DeadMau5 and the most followed Youtuber, Pewdiepie.
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