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When hackers broke into Google CEO Sundar Pichai's Quora account

Think Change India
28th Jun 2016
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai's Quora account appears to have been hacked by OurMine, a hacker group famous for breaking into Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts this month. India Times reported, OurMine claim to not hack social media networks, but use "various exploits to pull passwords from celebrities’ browsers", The Next Web reported.

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Image: Motivate Me

The three-man hacker outfit has been posting messages on Quora through Pichai’s account; it’s also connected to his Twitter account and as a result, OurMine publicized their hack to all 508,000 of Pichai’s followers. OurMine has been targeting major tech giants lately. They recently hacked into Spotify’s Daniel Ek's account too. It isn’t clear how the group is gaining access to their accounts, but it likely doesn’t involve system breaches of the social networks their targets have accounts with.

OurMine is trying to rebrand itself as a ‘security firm‘ by offering support to the top level execs it targets, thereby ensuring that these incidents don’t occur ever again. Google and Quora have not commented on the incident. OurMine wrote: “We are just testing people security (sic), we never change their passwords, we did it because there are other hackers can hack them and change everything.”

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