OurMine, a hacking group that has risen to prominence after compromising prominent social media accounts belonging to the likes of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, has claimed that it took down the US & UK servers of major banking institution, HSBC.
Hacking collective OurMine, which claims to be a white-hat outfit indulging in hacking shenanigans of executives from major tech companies, has claimed that it took down the servers of banking giant HSBC, both in the US and the UK on July 12.
In a post, the hacker group stated:
Hello Guys, today we checked HSBC Bank security , and their website was able to be attacked! , and now we took it down!
To validate the claim, OurMine also posted screenshots that purport to confirm that both the US and UK domains of HSBC were, in fact, offline.
Actual details of the attacks themselves are scarce. To venture a guess, the takedown was probably induced via a DDoS cyberattack.
In the same post, OurMine added:
If you are working on [sic] HSBC Bank , please contact us on https;//ourmine.org/news/contact-us and we will stop the attack and we will let you know how to protect it from people attacks!
Sure enough, another post published on the same day claimed that the attack had stopped, after a staffer at HSBC reached out to OurMine.
“Hello, We stopped the attack of HSBC Bank! a staff of HSBC Talked with us,” the post read.
To their credit, OurMine could have been up to plenty of shenanigans after hacking, for instance, Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter account. For the lulz, as one hacker group might say. Katy Perry, the popstar who owns Twitter’s most popular account with nearly 90 million followers realized this the hard way.
Instead, OurMine insists that its intentions are entirely wholesome, only to check on the state of cybersecurity of its targets, the group says.
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.
The most recent high-profile individual targeted and compromised by the hacking group? Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who saw his own Twitter account hacked by the group.
Targeting HSBC represents a change for OurMine, who were previously only known to hack individuals’ social media accounts. Has the hacking group, which claims to be a white-hat collective, now become a DDoS group? Time will tell.
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