It would appear that the hacking of high-profile people in the technology world is the next big thing, as evident by the latest victim of the trend, Sundar Pichai. The CEO of Google lost control of his Quora and Twitter accounts, with a vulnerability in the former leading to him losing control of the latter.
The group behind the hack was the same which targeted Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts: OurMine. OurMine then used the hack to tweet from Mr. Sundar Pichai’s account, a screenshot of which can be seen below, courtesy of The Next Web:
OurMine, which portrays itself as a security firm, maintains that it undertakes the actions as a way of highlighting security issues.
“We are just testing people security (sic), we never change their passwords, we did it because there is other hackers can hack them and change everything.”
Quora, on the other hand maintains that the users’ information in its systems are safe and that OurMine most-probably gained entry via password leaks from other services, before recommending its users to keep a unique password for all their networks.
Sundar Pichai Wasn’t the Only One
OurMine has been targeting celebrities of late, including musicians, actors, YouTubers and Twitter founders. It will even provide you services if you want to make sure whether your accounts are safe, through its website.
Will the current spate of celebrity hacks wind down? Or are there many other hacks to come? Your guess is as good as mine.