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Twitter CEO’s Twitter Account Was Hacked

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This article was posted on Sunday, 14:21, UTC.

Twitter has seen the latest high-profile user account hacked. Arguably, the biggest one yet – the company CEO’s account.

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The same hacking outfit who previously compromised Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts, as well as Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora account have struck again. This time, it was the Twitter account of the social media platform’s CEO, Jack Dorsey.

A now-deleted tweet simply states:

Hey, its [sic] Ourmine,we are testing your security.

The tweet also contained a link to their website. Identical tweets followed and were subsequently deleted. Engadget caught the tweet with a screenshot before it was pulled down. The same can be seen below:

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Engadget Jack Dorsey Twitter

It is notable that all of the messages from hacking outfit OurMine came via Vine, making it entirely plausible that Dorsey had a shared API or password on his Vine account, interlinked to his Twitter account.

The incident proves that even Twitter’s own CEO isn’t immune to having his account compromised. Late last month, Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s account was also taken over by the same hacking outfit, who posted a similar tweet at the time. It read:

“Hey, it’s OurMine, we are just testing your security, please visit https://ourmine.org to upgrade it.”

Some of the other notable executives in the tech industry targeted by OurMine include Pichai, Zuckerberg and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek.

The group insists that its intentions aren’t malicious and is only bringing attention to the state of cybersecurity on an account.

It stated:

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.

Previously, Twitter’s most popular user account – that of popstar Katy Perry — was hacked by an unrelated hacker or hacker group, who posted several homophobic and racist tweets before they were duly deleted. Perry has nearly 90 million followers on Twitter.

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Samburaj is the contributing editor at Hacked and keeps tabs on science, technology and cyber security.

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