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Google CEO hacked by same trio who hacked Zuckerberg

by Todd Haselton | June 27, 2016June 27, 2016 7:00 am PDT


Google CEO Sundar Pichai is the latest victim of a group of hackers who call themselves “OurMine,” which recently gained access to Pichai’s Quora account.

The hacking trio made its name recently after it attacked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter account and revealed his password. That intrusion, however, was likely the result of a major breach on LinkedIn.

The group didn’t seem to cause any damage to Pichai’s account, instead only making it clear that they had gained access by publicly answering Quora questions with answers like “hacked” and “We’re just testing your security.”

Since Pichai has his Quora settings to publish to Twitter, too, the breach was made immediately clear to all of Pichai’s Twitter followers. OurMine thinks it’s doing Zuckerberg and Pichai a service.

“We are just testing people security (sic), we never change their passwords, we did it because there is other hackers can hack them and change everything,” the group told TNW, reportedly taking advantage of “exploits” to grab passwords from browsers used by the executives.

It’s not clear what sort of measurements Pichai had in place to try to prevent breaches like this, but usually something like two-factor authentication can be pretty successful at preventing similar attacks.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...