A team of hackers broke into Mark Zuckerberg’s accounts on Twitter and Pinterest on Sunday (June 5), and sent gloating messages from them:
Ouch. Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts have been hacked pic.twitter.com/KvVmXOIg5s
— Ben Hall (@Ben_Hall) June 5, 2016
The purpose of the attacks remain unclear. But their alleged perpetrators (or maybe perpetrator) are a known name in the hacker community. They’re called OurMine, and no one likes what they do.
The greater hacker community tends to support some hackers and condemn others. So-called “white-hat” hackers, who hack high-profile entities as a means to educate the public about cyber-security, are heralded as educators. “Hacktivist” groups like Anonymous are also tolerated. They use hacking to promote a political agenda which, conveniently, tends to tread closely to views held by other hackers.
OurMine appear to be neither educators nor activists. They hack the accounts of high profile individuals or entities seemingly at random, for their own amusement or personal gain.
Before its Twitter account was suspended after the Zuckerberg break in, the group would regularly boast about its hacking victories, and ask its followers which groups it should target next.
OurMine has attacked social media accounts owned by a number of high-profile individuals and organizations, and been removed from Twitter before.
In December 2015 the group tweeted that it would launch a DDoS attack on Minecraft, the popular computer game. It’s not clear if those attempts were successful or not, however. Later, it took credit for a DDoS attack on Wikileaks.
In January the group hacked into…