Its bad enough when a hacker slips past the security of any social networking website and manages to get into the account of its users. However, a significant amount of insult is added to the injury when the account in question belongs to the person at the helm of the company. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is the latest high-profile executive to get his account hacked.
The hacking group OurMine, which of late has been notorious for knocking down security and popping into places it shouldn’t, is said to behind this latest hack — and the awkward title of this article as well.
The group has a pretty impressive list of people it has targeted. Along with Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora account, the group has also managed to get into Mark Zuckerberg and Spotify boss Daniel Ek’s Twitter accounts. However, with Jack Dorsey the group appears to have reached a new high — or low, from Twitter’s perspective.
Meanwhile, the account to be back under Dorsey’s control. The group has not really defaced any of the accounts it managed to sneak into, simply leaving the wall or feed with a “Your security needs to be upgraded” message. The same was the case with Dorsey’s Twitter feed, which had the signature “Hey its OurMine, Just testing your security”pasted over it along with the link to a vine video.
However, the damage has been done. If the head of Twityer is not immune to hackers, what hope is there for the rest of us mortals. Meanwhile, OurMine has managed to remain elusive with the only information about them based upon heatsay and unconfirmed talks with members of the group — They can hardly flash their IDs, so i suppose there is no help for it.
Interestingly, the three member — curtsey the rumor mill — group claims to be more of a security testing agency whose services can be hired for sums ranging upto $5000. Although, err….some would say that it appears to be taking its job wayyy too seriously, hacking into accounts that clearly did not request its services.
The agency is doing pretty well too and has made $16,500 from its exploits — if you are ready to believe its claims that is. Meanwhile, Twitter is keeping mum on how the event tool place in the first place — wheather it was from an old password leak or dump, or Dorsey was using the same pass for multiple services and one of the others were compromised, or perhaps the hackers were simply good enough to get past Twitter’s security systems again.
Some are also pointing fingers at the LinkedIn data dump that has seen so many celebrity and executive accounts hacked and defaced. Well, whatever the reason, these things need to stop. I mean what of OurMine was an evil group intent on taking over the world? Jokes apart though, the social platforms have a responsibility to protect their users from precisely these very happenings. And as such, its not very confidence inspiring when such events take place with the likes of Dorsey, Zuckerberg and Pichai.