OurMine is a gang of hackers that goes around taking over prominent Twitter accounts including TechCrunch, Channing Tatum and more. They purport to be testing security…and indeed showing that you need strong passwords.
This morning, OurMine hit Netflix’s official US account.
And as screencapped above, they also got Marvel’s official account.
OurMine doesn’t do much once they’ve hacked in. According to TechCrunch:
The team is made up of a small group of young people (one of whom might be a Saudi teen) according to an investigation by our own Kate Conger, and their stated mission is to test the strength of passwords for accounts with a lot of followers and potential influence. OurMine typically doesn’t do much once it gains access to an account, short of posting messages advising the account’s owner to contact them via an email address for more info about how to put better security practices in place.
OurMine seems to operate by testing various accounts belonging to these high-profile vulnerabilities for use of weak passwords, which may have been leaked in previous credential dumps resulted from hacks like the LinkedIn password breach from earlier this year. The hacking group might take control of a target’s Twitter account or website directly, or could exploit connected apps and services to push content to those destinations indirectly.
Just a reminder, here are some guidelines for strong passwords, and the program 1Password and LastPass set up one master password for all your accounts with encryption. And here are more tips on online security,are more tips on online security, which, let’s face it, we’re all probably bad at.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.