Washington: After a series of celebrity Twitter handle hacks over the past few months, Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, had his account compromised briefly on Saturday, a media report said.
A group by the name of “OurMine” — the same group that claimed credit for compromising Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s and Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s social media accounts — took credit for hacking Mr Dorsey’s account in a tweet.
“After the hackers posted a few benign video clips, a tweet went up at 2:50AM ET saying ‘Hey, its OurMine, we are testing your security’ and linking to their website. That tweet was quickly deleted,” technology website engadget.com reported.
The message was linked to a short clip on entertainment network Vine. “All of the OurMine messages posted to Dorsey’s account (which, as of 3:25AM or so appears to have been scrubbed of the hacker’s tweets), came through from Vine,” the report noted.
It might be possible due to the fact that Dorsey had an old/shared password on his Vine account or somehow connected it to another service that was compromised, which could have given “OurMine” access, the report said.
When clicked on the Twitter link provided by the hackers, a message, “The link you are trying to access has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful” was returned.
Also, the other link that was connected to Vine returned “The record was deleted by the user” message. This hack has added another name in the list of high-profile people whose accounts have been compromised.
Recently, the group hacked the Twitter account of the microblogging site’s co-founder and former CEO Evan Williams. Soon after the news of Twitter Co-founder Evan Williams’s account hack surfaced on Thursday, another report said that hackers might have used malware to collect more than 32 million Twitter login credentials.
According to the report on technology website Techcrunch.com, these credentials were being sold on the dark web. Spotify’s Daniel Ek, singers Drake and Lana Del Rey, professional American football league NFL and actress-comedienne Chelsea Handler have all been hit in recent months.
In early 2015, Twitter’s Chief Financial Officer and Head of Twitter Ventures, Anthony Noto’s account was hacked that resulted in many spam messages.
Recently, popular career-oriented platform LinkedIn notified about data breach and alerted its 400 million members to stay safe. Hit by a massive data breach that put nearly 167 million users’ passwords and personal information in the hands of hackers four years back, LinkedIn came out with an explanation and steps it has taken to protect users.