A group called OurMine, who claim to be ‘white hat hackers’, attacked the official Twitter (United States) accounts of Netflix and comic giant Marvel today. It continues to hack Marvel accounts for reasons yet undisclosed.
The group tweeted from the hacked accounts- ” Hey, it’s OurMine. Don’t worry we are just testing your security, contact us to tell you more about that”
In less than half an hour, Twitter deleted the first hijacked tweet from @Avengers, a verified account by the Marvel-owned superhero franchise.
The Twitter handle of the Marvel run movie “The Guardians of the Galaxy” was also hacked along with @MarvelMusicInc, @Marvel, @IronMan, @CaptainAmerica, @AntMan, and @theblackpanther.
According to an American technology media property TechCrunch, the OurMine team is a small group of youngsters. They are on a mission to test the strength of passwords for accounts which have large number of followers and potential influence. Usually, the group posts messages advising the account owners to contact them through an email id for more information on applying better security practices. Ironically, it breaches cyber security to advertise about security provided by them.
In the past, OurMine hacked number of high-profile Twitter accounts, including Google’s Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
According to Variety-an American digital news platform, the best protection against such attacks is the Twitter’s two-factor authentication. It notifies by sending a numerical text message to a user’s phone in case of attempts to log in from a new device. It is also advisable to keep a regular check on third-party applications that may have access to an account.