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OurMine Security Group is a hacker group. The security hacking group uses hacked celebrity internet accounts to advertise their commercial services.[2][3][4]

OurMine Logo.svg
Formation 2014[1]
Type Hacker group


In 2016, they hacked the Twitter accounts of Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales,[5] Pokémon Go creator John Hanke,[6][7] Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey,[8] Google CEO Sundar Pichai,[9] and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, whose Pinterest was also hacked.[10] In addition to social media accounts, the group has hacked the website TechCrunch.[11][12][13] OurMine's claim of being a "White Hat" is condemned by many users due to unauthorized access of accounts and vandalism.[14]

In October 2016, BuzzFeed published an article linking the OurMine group to a Saudi Arabian teenager using the name Ahmad Makki on social media. OurMine denied the allegations, claiming that Makki was only a "fan" of the group.[15] One day after the article's publication, OurMine infiltrated BuzzFeed's website and altered the content of several posts to read "Hacked By OurMine".[16][17]

On 11 November 2016, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales' official Wikimedia global account was compromised,[18] an act for which the hacker group claimed responsibility on their website.[19]

On 1 April 2017, OurMine hacked into the YouTube network Omnia Media gaining access to numerous channels.[20][21] The group changed the titles and descriptions of videos for over 300 popular YouTube accounts.[22] The video descriptions linked directly to OurMine's website.

Another attack was carried out on 13 April 2017, with various YouTube channels from the Studio71 network having their video titles and descriptions changed; the group claims it was the "biggest hack in YouTube history". The video titles contained "#OurMine" and a link to a video on their YouTube channel, which was promptly terminated.[23]

On 27 April 2017, OurMine hacked into a Medium website employee account. The account was part of the strategic partnerships team, allowing OurMine to hijack the websites of Fortune and Backchannel.[24]


  1. ^ "Meet the new hacker collective targeting the tech elite". 
  2. ^ "Meet OurMine, the ‘Security’ Group Hacking CEOs and Celebs". Wired (magazine). 
  3. ^ Horwitz, Josh (6 June 2016). "What we know about the despised hackers who broke into Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts". Quartz (publication). OurMine appear to be neither educators nor activists. They hack the accounts of high profile individuals or entities seemingly at random, for their own amusement or personal gain. 
  4. ^ "OurMine is now hacking into Minecraft accounts". PC World. In emails, the group has said it merely wants to help the public become aware of today's cybersecurity problems, including the use of weak passwords. 
  5. ^ "Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales’ Twitter Account Hacked By OurMine". International Business Times. 21 August 2016. ...a member belonging to the hacking group insisted that it’s just promoting stronger security, claiming that if the group didn’t hack famous accounts someone else would. 
  6. ^ "John Hanke is hacked’ By OurMine". TechCrunch. July 31, 2016. 
  7. ^ Mac, Ryan. "Hacker Explains Why OurMine Took Over 'Pokémon GO' Creator's Social Media Accounts". Forbes. 
  8. ^ "Jack Dorsey is hacked’ By OurMine". Mashable. July 9, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Sundar Pichai is hacked’ By OurMine". TheNextWeb. June 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Mark Zuckerberg is hacked’ By OurMine". The Wall Street Journal. June 7, 2016. 
  11. ^ Gibbs, Samuel (26 July 2016). "TechCrunch falls victim to OurMine hacking group" – via The Guardian. 
  12. ^ "Le groupe de hackeurs OurMine pirate le site spécialisé TechCrunch". 27 July 2016 – via Le Monde. 
  13. ^ "OurMine 'hackers' are targeting news sites now". Engadget. 
  14. ^ Horwitz, Josh. "What we know about the despised hackers who broke into Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts". Quartz. Retrieved 2017-06-17. 
  15. ^ Bernstein, Joseph (October 4, 2016). "This Saudi Teen Is Probably Behind The Hacks Of Dozens Of Tech CEOs And Celebrities". BuzzFeed. Archived from the original on October 5, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
  16. ^ Feldman, Brian (October 5, 2016). "BuzzFeed Hacked by OurMine: 'We Have Your Databases'". Archived from the original on October 5, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
  17. ^ Reisman, Sam (October 5, 2016). "After Outing Alleged Hacker, Buzzfeed Vandalized by ‘OurMine’ Group". Mediaite. Archived from the original on October 5, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
  18. ^ "WMF official website". Retrieved January 23, 2017. 
  19. ^ "The Wikipedia Hack". Retrieved January 23, 2017. 
  20. ^ "YOUTUBERS HACKED BY OURMINE...". NewGeekers. April 2, 2017. 
  21. ^ "YouTubers hacked by OurMine". Esports News. April 2, 2017. 
  22. ^ "“OurMine Are Back!” YouTube Hack Explained – Channels Under Attack". PowerPXY. April 2, 2017. 
  23. ^ McLeish, Richard (14 April 2017). "YouTube accounts hacked by online security group". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  24. ^ "A Hacker Group Hijacked Some Medium Blogs (Including Ours)". Fortune. Retrieved 2017-05-01. 

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