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Google CEO Sundar Pichai hacked by the same group that targeted Mark Zuckerberg

By midian182 ยท 5 replies
Jun 27, 2016
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  1. Mark Zuckerberg hit the headlines for reasons other than Facebook earlier this month after the CEO’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked. Now it seems the group responsible for the breach have been at it again, this time, the target was Google boss Sundar Pichai.

    “OurMine,” which consists of three hackers, managed to access Pichai’s Quora account, which also let the trio send posts to his 508,000+ Twitter followers late Sunday night. "We are just testing your security," OurMine posted, advising Pichai to visit the group’s website to “upgrade.”

    The group said it hacked into Zuckerberg’s accounts by reusing his login credentials found in the LinkedIn leak. With the Pichai incident, it claims the breach was possible by exposing a vulnerability in Quora’s platform. OurMine also says it reported the problem to the company but received no response.

    Speaking to Mic, a representative from the group said the only reason it infiltrates these high-profile accounts to show that nobody is safe. OurMine uses the exposure to advertise its services so people can stay “safe from other hackers,” as was the case when it recently hacked the Twitter account of actor Channing Tatum.

    Despite some experts’ belief that OurMine once again reused a password from an old data leak to access Pichai’s account, users are advised to change their Quora login details (and on those sites that use the same credentials) and disconnect the account from any connected services.

    The comments were deleted from Pichai’s Twitter and Quora accounts a few hours after they appeared. Google and Quora have not commented on the incident.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    This is newsworthy? He's only one of millions who've been hacked and I didn't see their names in the news.
  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,780   +1,166

    I believe it is, Google is supposed to be one of the top-notch secure sites, with 2 step authentication and a series of options to maintain and improve security, for the people who has credit cards saved in it it's definitely troublesome news. Now that the CEO got hacked, it's even bigger news, every company security teams are always revolving around high grade executives like this one, sadly some don't like to change passwords and what not, if they can't keep their guys secure, how can they keep our accounts secure?
  4. ArK Khn

    ArK Khn TS Rookie

    Google was not hacked. Quora was hacked. That site is not owned or run by Google.
    Fabio Turati likes this.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Now who says he practices what he preaches? He's just a human being after all with tons of faults, just like the rest of us. It wasn't his Google account that was hacked anyway, just some obscure site where his details were on file and that site probably didn't have much in the way of security.
    If his Google account was hacked while using all of Googles built in security then that would be an eye opener and worthy of reporting.
  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,780   +1,166

    True, skipped the Quora part... my bad. Thought it was google account.

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