Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora Account Has Been Hacked

Posted by at 12:01 pm on June 27, 2016

Sundar PichaiA few hours ago, in fact, Sundar Pichai ‘s Quora account started sending curious messages that were definitely too weird to be coming from him. But the nature of those message also made it clear that the team behind this intrusion wanted itself to be known.

The three-man operation is run under the name “OurMine“, and they are the same people who entered Mark Zuckerberg’s Pinterest account last month, as well as Daniel Ek’s (Spotify‘s boss) Twitter. Rather than posting hate messages, however, OurMine literally just tries to let itself be known, claiming that hacking accounts of people with these many followers simply serves a “security test”.

They enter someone’s profile and, by posting one of their message, they promote themselves, saying that they can help to fix the security breaches that led them in in the first place. It is certainly bizarre, but for at least a few hours, Quora’s auto-tweet function made it so that all those messages — which have since been removed — appeared to Pichai’s 5ook+ Twitter followers.

Whether Google’s CEO actually paid to get his account back is unclear, but OurMine claims that by offering its “services” they already made something in the neighbourhood of $16,5000 — with charges up to $5,000 for “scans” of social media accounts, site security holes and other kinds of vulnerabilities.


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