Google CEO Sundar Pichai latest exec targeted by OurMine

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Earlier today it was discovered that a group called OurMine, variously described as hackers or a security firm depending on your frame of reference, managed to hack into the Quora account for Google CEO Sundar Pichai. In addition to the Quora account, the group also managed to establish a connection to Pichai’s Twitter account, which they then used to publicize the success of their efforts.

Earlier this month OurMine managed to access Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts. In undertaking these attacks, OurMine claims they are able to exploit weaknesses in browsers to pull out password information. They also claim they are only doing this as an inducement to get companies to purchase security related services from OurMine.

In a statement provided by OurMine regarding this latest attack, the company claimed they were able to exploit a weakness in Quora’s system. OurMine also says they have reported the vulnerability to Quora in the past, a fact that Quora disputes. Quora also says they do not think OurMine succeeded in penetrating their systems.

Although it is not clear whether this may be the case, recent attacks suggest one of the ways hackers are gaining access to social media accounts is due to people using the same password on multiple sites.

source: OurMine
via: TheNextWeb


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.