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OurMine 'hack' bombards Variety readers with email

Engadget Engadget 3/09/2016 Jon Fingas
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It's already irritating when a group of self-proclaimed hackers (really, account takeover pranksters) hijack a website... it's another when they flood your inbox. The OurMine collective managed to not only compromiseVariety's website through a post of their own on September 3rd, but blast the entertainment site's email subscribers with messages steering them to a post bragging about the intrusion. As usual, the group doesn't really explain its motivations. It claims it's "just testing [Variety's] security," but that's not exactly believable.

Variety has removed the post in question and, as I write this, is fixing the email assault. However, this is only going to increase the pressure to shut down OurMine. You can safely ignore a defaced website or out-of-character Twitter updates, but email is decidedly more intrusive.

Variety (Twitter), Gerry Dales (Twitter)

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