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Google's Sundar Pichai latest target of social media hackers

Engadget Engadget 27/06/2016 Jamie Rigg
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Hacking group OurMine is continuing to make some of the tech industry's elite look more than a little silly. After a string of high-profile hacks, including recent takeovers of social media accounts belonging to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, the team appears to have successfully targeted Google CEO Sundar Pichai. A now-deleted string of tweets seems to confirm a breach of his Quora profile, which then allowed OurMine to post to Pichai's Twitter feed thanks to the two accounts being linked.

Unlike the Zuckerberg hack, which has been put down to his use of seriously simple, common password exposed by the 2012 LinkedIn breach, OurMine claims to have found a vulnerability in Quora -- a Q&A-themed social network. In a statement to The Next Web, the hacking team says it has shared details of the security hole with Quora, but hasn't heard back.

Aside from bragging rights, OurMine looks to be targeting celebrities and big names in tech to promote its sideline as a digital security firm. Services include a probing of your social media accounts for vulnerabilities for a mere $100. Pre-paid, of course.


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