So we all know that Google peaks at most of your habits through its apps and services. That’s how marketers around the World pay for their advertising insights and ad services.
So it has recently come to light that OurMine, a hackers-group peeked into Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora account. What the hackers did was get into his Quora account and link it with his Twitter account. This gave them access to Pichai’s followers on Twitter that amount to about half a million users.
The hackers re-posted tweets through his Quora account, such as ‘is it possible to force my Android app users of all versions to update the app’.
OurMine seems to have claimed responsibility for the hack and has reported the vulnerabilities to Quora. The hacker group also got into Mark Zuckerberg’s social accounts earlier this month.
While Zuckerberg’s social media accounts were hacked by gaining the proper username and password combination found in a recent LinkedIn database leak, Pichai’s Quora account was hacked using a vulnerability in the question-and-answer section of the password forms.
Both Google, as well as Quora, have not made any comments on the matter despite being approached by a number of publications.
Shortly after the hack, the posts on Quora and tweets on Twitter that were posted by the hackers were taken down. Pichai’s social accounts have returned to normalcy.
OurMine is apparently looking to rebrand itself as a security firm. These hacks are a method of displaying vulnerabilities to potential clients, before making them an offer to protect them from any future hacks. While this may seem bold, security is of prime importance in an Internet-led world, and if someone can manage to beat your security, they deserve to be looking into it for you.