Google CEO Sundar Pichai gets hacked by OurMine

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has had his Quora account hacked by OurMine, the same hacker group that gained access to Mark Zuckerberg's twitter and Pinterest accounts earlier in June. Since Pichai's Quora account was tied to his twitter account, the messages the hacker group sent out also went out to the 508,000 followers of the Google CEO on twitter.

The offending tweets were removed from the twitter account quickly enough, but not before screenshots were grabbed and messages sent. OurMine is bent on hacking the accounts of technology executives, Pichai and Zuckerberg weren't alone in having their security breached. Spotify's Daniel Ek was hacked as well.

The hacker group hasn't said just yet how the hacks are being committed. We do know that the Zuckerberg hack appeared to be related to the massive hack on LinkedIn in late May. However OurMine is gaining access to the accounts, the group is apparently attempting to position themselves as a security firm. They actually want the people they hack to hire them to prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future.

I don't see many of these tech execs paying money to a group that hacked their accounts leading to embarrassment. OurMine told TheNextWeb, "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." OurMine says that the vulnerability it used in Quora to gain access to Pichai's account was one that it had reported to Quora and received no response on. There have been no official comments on the hack from Quora or Google at this time. Quora users might want to change passwords though since there appears to be some sort of vulnerability over there and perhaps unlink Quora to your other accounts until a fix is made.

SOURCE: TheNextWeb