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OurMine Security Group is a security hacker group. OurMine has hacked celebrity internet accounts to advertise their commercial services.[4][5][6]

OurMine
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OurMine
Formation 2014[1]
Type Hacker group
Location
Membership
5[2]
Website https://ourmine.org

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HistoryEdit

During 2016Edit

In 2016, OurMine hacked the Twitter accounts of Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales,[7] Pokémon Go creator John Hanke,[8][9] Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey,[10] Google CEO Sundar Pichai,[11] and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, whose Pinterest was also hacked.[12] In addition to social media accounts, the group has hacked the website TechCrunch.[13][14][15] OurMine's claim of being a "White Hat" is condemned by many users due to unauthorized access of accounts and vandalism.[16]

In October, 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.[17] One day after the article's publication, OurMine infiltrated BuzzFeed's website and altered the content of several posts to read "Hacked By OurMine".[18][19]

Other 2016 hacks include the Twitter accounts of Sony President Shuhei Yoshida;[20] the Wikimedia global account of Jimmy Wales;[21][22] the Twitter accounts of Netflix and Marvel;[23]; the Twitter accounts of Sony Music Global;[24] the Instagram accounts of National Geographic;[25] and the Twitter accounts of National Geographic Photography.[26]

During 2017Edit

In 2017, OurMine hacked into a Medium website employee account. The account was part of a strategic partnerships team, allowing OurMine to hijack blogs belonging to Fortune and Backchannel.[27]

Twitter accounts hacked in 2017 so far include that of David Guetta,[28] the New York Times,[29] the WWE,[30] and Game of Thrones (along with some other HBO TV shows, and HBO's own official account).[31] They also hacked the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Playstation (including a claimed leak of the PlayStation Network databases),[32] FC Barcelona, [33] and Real Madrid (including their YouTube channel);[34] several Facebook accounts of CNN were also hacked.[35]

Some YouTube accounts were hacked by OurMine in 2017 include that of the Omnia Media network, gaining access to numerous channels;[36][37][38] and various YouTube channels from the Studio71 network were also hacked.[39]

On August 31, OurMine left a message on the homepage of WikiLeaks. “Hi, it’s OurMine (Security Group), don’t worry we are just testing your…. blablablab, oh wait, this is not a security test! Wikileaks, remember when you challenged us to hack you?" The messages went on to accuse Anonymous of trying to dox them with false information and included an exhortation to spread the #WikileaksHack tag on Twitter. The message was visible when the site was accessed from certain locations. At the time of publication, some visitors to the site were greeted with a message saying that WikiLeaks’ account has been suspended.[1]

In September 2017, Ourmine claimed responsibility for hacking Vevo and publishing more than 3Tb of their internal documents.[40]

OurMine managed to get hold of Vevo's "sensitive" data including its internal office documents, videos and promotional materials after the hacking collective successfully hacked into the Vevo servers.

The group then posted the stolen documents (approximately 3.12 terabytes) from Vevo on its website on late Thursday, though OurMine removed the stolen information from its website on Vevo's request.

According to Variety, the stolen files included notes on around 90 artists, including Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Madonna, Calvin Harris, Ariana Grande, Florida Georgia Line, One Direction, Sia, The Weeknd, and U2.

The breach was first reported by Dell Cameron of Gizmodo, who said the leaked Vevo content seems "pretty mild," which contained "weekly music charts, pre-planned social media content, and various details about the artists under the record companies' management."

It’s not clear for how long the hackers have been accessing the Vevo system, how they managed to gain access to its server, or whether they have held on other additional information, like financial, emails, and passwords.

Vevo has confirmed the security incident, saying the company "can confirm that Vevo experienced a data breach as a result of a phishing scam via Linkedin. We have addressed the issue and are investigating the extent of exposure."

The company also confirmed the breach had not impacted the security of its United Kingdom office.

OurMine is the same group of hackers who are known for hacking high-profile figures and companies, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Game of Thrones, Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN), Netflix, the WWE, HBO, and the most recently WikiLeaks.[41]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Meet the new hacker collective targeting the tech elite". Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Why I did it: Twitter account hackers tell all". Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Mark Zuckerberg’s Social Media Accounts Hacked By Saudi Arabia-Based Group OurMine". International Business Times. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Meet OurMine, the ‘Security’ Group Hacking CEOs and Celebs". Wired. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  5. ^ Horwitz, Josh (6 June 2016). "What we know about the despised hackers who broke into Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts". Quartz (publication). Retrieved 23 August 2017. 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. 
  6. ^ "OurMine is now hacking into Minecraft accounts". PC World. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 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. 
  7. ^ "Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales’ Twitter Account Hacked By OurMine". International Business Times. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2017. ...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. 
  8. ^ "John Hanke is hacked’ By OurMine". TechCrunch. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  9. ^ Mac, Ryan (31 July 2016). "Hacker Explains Why OurMine Took Over 'Pokémon GO' Creator's Social Media Accounts". Forbes. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Jack Dorsey is hacked’ By OurMine". Mashable. 9 July 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  11. ^ Abhimanyu Ghoshal (27 June 2016). "Sundar Pichai is hacked’ By OurMine". TheNextWeb. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Mark Zuckerberg is hacked’ By OurMine". The Wall Street Journal. 7 June 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  13. ^ Gibbs, Samuel (26 July 2016). "TechCrunch falls victim to OurMine hacking group". Retrieved 23 August 2017 – via The Guardian. 
  14. ^ "Le groupe de hackeurs OurMine pirate le site spécialisé TechCrunch". 27 July 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2017 – via Le Monde. 
  15. ^ "OurMine 'hackers' are targeting news sites now". Engadget. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  16. ^ Horwitz, Josh. "What we know about the despised hackers who broke into Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts". Quartz. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  17. ^ Bernstein, Joseph (4 October 2016). "This Saudi Teen Is Probably Behind The Hacks Of Dozens Of Tech CEOs And Celebrities". BuzzFeed. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  18. ^ Feldman, Brian (5 October 2016). "BuzzFeed Hacked by OurMine: 'We Have Your Databases'". NYMag.com. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  19. ^ Reisman, Sam (5 October 2016). "After Outing Alleged Hacker, Buzzfeed Vandalized by ‘OurMine’ Group". Mediaite. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  20. ^ Mascarenhas, Hyacinth (20 July 2016). "OurMine hacker group claims to have broken into Minecraft accounts, targets Sony's Shuhei Yoshida". IBTimes Co., Ltd. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  21. ^ "WMF official website". Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  22. ^ "The Wikipedia Hack". Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  23. ^ Etherington, Darrell (21 December 2016). "OurMine hacks Netflix, Marvel Twitter accounts". Oath. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  24. ^ DAILEDA, COLIN (26 December 2016). "OurMine just used hacking to debunk a fake Britney Spears tweet". Mashable. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  25. ^ WINT, BRADLEY (30 December 2016). "National Geographic Instagram account hacked". TMDigital. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  26. ^ Amir, Waqas (31 December 2016). "OurMine Group Hacks Nat Geo Photography’s Twitter Account". Ataaz. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  27. ^ "A Hacker Group Hijacked Some Medium Blogs (Including Ours)". Fortune. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  28. ^ Stevo, jr (7 January 2017). "DAVID GUETTA HAS BEEN HACKED BY OURMINE TEAM". EDM Sauce. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  29. ^ SILVERSTEIN, JASON (22 January 2017). "New York Times Video account apparently hacked, posts fake news tweet about Russia attacking U.S.". NYDailyNews.com. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  30. ^ Singh, Manish (29 January 2017). "OurMine just hacked a bunch of WWE accounts". Mashable. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  31. ^ Samuel Gibbs (17 August 2017), "Game of Thrones secrets revealed as HBO Twitter accounts hacked", The Guardian, retrieved 23 August 2017 
  32. ^ Valentine, Rebekah (20 August 2017). "Did PlayStation just get hacked?". Fansided. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  33. ^ "Barcelona Twitter account hacked as club 'announce' signing of Angel Di Maria | Goal.com". Retrieved 2017-08-26. 
  34. ^ Association, Press (2017-08-26). "‘Welcome Messi!’ – hacked Real Madrid Twitter account announces signing". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-08-26. 
  35. ^ STRANGE, ADARIO (30 January 2017). "Several CNN Facebook accounts hacked by OurMine". Mashable. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  36. ^ "YOUTUBERS HACKED BY OURMINE...". NewGeekers. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  37. ^ "YouTubers hacked by OurMine". Esports News. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  38. ^ ""OurMine Are Back!" YouTube Hack Explained – Channels Under Attack". PowerPXY. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  39. ^ McLeish, Richard (14 April 2017). "YouTube accounts hacked by online security group". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  40. ^ CNET Internal Vevo documents leaked online after hack. 15 September 2017. Accessed 15 September 2017.
  41. ^ Wei, Wang. "Vevo Music Video Service Hacked — 3.12TB of Internal Data Leaked". The Hacker News. Retrieved 2017-09-18. 

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