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.