This Friday, a group of hackers calling itself OurMine hijacked Facebook’s accounts on Twitter and Instagram, claiming that even Facebook can be hacked.
The internet has seen its fair share of hacking incidents over the last several years, some of which have been placed among the largest ones in history. However, major corporations, and especially social networks like Facebook, have been investing millions into their security, to the point where many considered them unhackable — provided that the user does everything right when securing their account.
Two of Facebook's Twitter accounts were hacked through a third-party platform, a spokesperson for Twitter confirmed https://t.co/Lgf9mizWRr
— CNN (@CNN) February 8, 2020
Proving Them Wrong
Now, a hacking group that calls itself OurMine decided to prove them wrong, and it displayed its capabilities by hacking Facebook’s accounts on Twitter and Instagram this Friday. The group then used the hacked accounts to write a notice, stating that even Facebook is hackable. Furthermore, the group actually offered its service for improving account security by providing its email address and website.
The hacked accounts have been restored shortly after the incident, although many have found the hackers’ message quite interesting.
Some of our corporate social accounts were briefly hacked but we have secured and restored access
— Facebook (@Facebook) February 8, 2020
OurMine Targets High-Profile Victims to Prove a Point
As mentioned, OurMine claims that its goal was to show that there are still severe cyber vulnerabilities, even on the most significant websites. This was also not the first time that the group made a move in the last few months. Less than a month ago, in January, it hacked more than a dozen accounts for teams in the US NFL.
The group also decided to prove that Instagram’s security is as flawed as that of Twitter, hijacking Facebook’s and Messenger’s accounts, and posting the photo of their own logo.
It should be noted that Facebook’s own website was not hacked as part of the campaign. As for Twitter, the network claims that the attack took place via a third-party and that the accounts were locked after the platform became aware of the issue.
According to what is known, OurMine is a hacking group based in Dubai, and it used to attack accounts of high-profile individuals, as well as major corporations in the past, as well. One such incident came when the group hacked Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, corporate accounts belonging to ESPN and Netflix, and even Google’s own chief executive, Sundar Pichai.
However, the attackers do not seem to be after money or data, but rather, their goal seems to be proving a point, with the point being flawed security. They also provided instructions to victims, educating them on how to improve their safety.
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