Hackers break into Google
CEO’s social accounts

June 28 2016 4:44 PM

No less than the chief executive officer of internet giant Google fell victim to hackers who broke into his social accounts, a tech site reported June 27.

Saudi-based hacker team OurMine accessed Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora Account then cross-posted to his Twitter account, Softpedia reported.

The incident took place late Sunday night, June 26 (US time), with the hackers cross-posting three messages from Pichai’s Quora account to his Twitter account before they were detected and blocked.

But in this case, no profanity or any social message was posted, as if the hackers were merely testing their access.

Pichai’s Quora and Twitter accounts have since been restored.

OurMine had been linked to the hacking of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Pinterest and Twitter accounts and former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo’s Pinterest account.

It also broke into Twitter, Blogger, and Medium co-founder Ev Williams’ Twitter account; and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek’s Twitter account.

The group was also linked to the hacking of celebrities’ accounts, including those of Deadmau5, David Guetta, Channing Tatum, and Pewdiepie.

* Malicious attacks

Softpedia said OurMine had also been linked to malicious attacks where they steal a website’s database.

Akamai linked the group last year to DDoS (distributed denial of service) extortion schemes.

Recently, Softpedia said Our Mine even promoted and sold its hacking skills for around $5,000. MC

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