OurMine, the team of hackers who had hacked into Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg s Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest account earlier this month, have now played another stunt. The team of hackers have broken into Google CEO Sundar Pichai s Quora account. Quora is a question-and-answer website, where the users of the website answer, edit and organize threads of discussion. Also Read - COVID-19 third wave: Twitter shuts offices as coronavirus cases riseAlso Read - Twitter Voice Tweets rolling out for iOS: What are they, how to send
The hackers told The Next Web that they broke into Pichai s account with the help of a vulnerability on Quora s platform. The hackers claim that they had informed Quora about the vulnerability earlier, however the website did not take an action about it. Also Read - World Emoji Day 2021: Twitter reveals 10 most used emojis in 2021 in India
After they gained access into his account, OurMine posted messages using Pichai s account. The reason it got noticed was because Sundar Pichai s Quora account was linked to his Twitter account, and everything that the hackers posted was showing up on his Twitter. With Pichai having over 500,000 followers on Twitter, the OurMine team successfully broadcasted their break-in into his account to enough people to turn this into publicity for themselves.
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When The Next Web spoke to OurMine, they told the publication, We are just testing people security, we never change their passwords, we did it because there is other hackers can hack them and change everything [sic].
The OurMine team declared that there are certain loopholes on Quora s platform on the security front, which can allow any hacker to breach into a user account and potentially misuse it. All users must immediately change their passwords as a safety measure. Also, make sure the new password is not the same as what you use for other services or platforms.
Apparently, OurMine is trying to turn itself into a security firm by alerting websites and social media platforms about their vulnerability, so that no serious harm is caused to users of these accounts.