For about an hour on Saturday, a group of Saudi hackers was able to post tweets on the account of none other than Twitter’s CEO, according to.
From the looks of the tweets, it appears that the hackers obtained access to Jack Dorsey’s Vine profile from where they were able to cross-post content to his Twitter account.
A few hours after, the hackers breached the Twitter account of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. The hackers posted the same message they always posted, “Hey, its OurMine,we are testing your security.”
Slowly but surely, the Saudi hacking group OurMine has been building a name for itself that will soon rival fellow hacking groups Anonymous, Lizard Squad, the Syrian Electronic Army, or LulzSec if things continue as they are now.
For the past few months, the group has been compromising the social media accounts of all sorts of celebrities, but recently they started a campaign aimed at Silicon Valley’s elite and their high-profile CEOs.
OurMine has carried out quite a few high-profile hacks
Previous victims hacked by the group include: Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO, they hacked his Pinterest and Twitter profile); Dick Costolo (former Twitter CEO, they hacked his Pinterest account and cross-posted to his Twitter account); Sundar Pichai (Google CEO, they hacked his Quora account and cross-posted to his Twitter profile), Ev Williams (Twitter, Blogger, and Medium co-founder, they hacked his Twitter account); Daniel Ek (Spotify CEO, they hacked his Twitter account); and Brendan Iribe (Oculus Rift CEO, they hacked his Twitter account).
Prior to targeting CEOs, the group has also hacked celebrities such as Deadmau5, David Guetta, Channing Tatum, Pewdiepie, Lana Del Rey, Drake, and Kylie Jenner.
The group has admitted they’ve used data acquired from the recent mega breaches that were dumped on the Dark Web. These data dumps from sites such as Tumblr, LinkedIn, or MySpace, contained weakly hashed passwords that were cracked and helped the hackers get access to some of these accounts where the CEOs reused passwords. For example, Mark Zuckerberg’s LinkedIn (Twitter and Pinterest) password was “dadada.”
Another one bites the dust.— Zack Whittaker (@zackwhittaker)
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