There is no one on earth whose online accounts cannot be hacked. Be it a common man, or the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the world’s largest internet technologies company, Google.
Recently, a Saudi-based hacking group has claimed responsibility for hacking the online accounts of Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai. It is the same group that previously hacked the social networking account of Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.
According to the details, OurMine group hacked Sundar Pichai’s Twitter account using a security fault in the question-answer website, Quora. Sundar Pichai used his Twitter account to register an account on Quora, where people post questions and get the answers from other users.
After gaining the unauthorized access to the account, the cybercriminals started posting irrelevant things on Pichai’s Quora account, which was connected to the Twitter as well. As a result, whatever the hackers posted on his Quora account, appeared on his Twitter feed as well.
Sundar Pichai has more than 500,000 Twitter followers
Sundar Pichai currently has more than 500,000 Twitter followers. The group says it does not change passwords of the accounts. The team of OurMine comprises of three men, who like to hack famous personalities’ online accounts just to show how easy it is to hack any person.
Their team uses malware to get the login details of celebrities and prominent personalities. Malware is a kind of software which installs on your computer without your knowledge and keeps sending your personal information to the hackers.
Interestingly, OurMine says that they are not hackers. They just like to alert the people and the owners of the websites regarding the security faults. The team recommended the users of Quora to change their passwords for avoid getting hacked.
Recently, a Russian hacker hacked more than 32 million Twitter accounts and started selling them online for the price of 10 bitcoins (US $5700 approximately).
For securing your account, it is important to use a complicated password. Always try to use at least an eight-digit password, with symbols, alphanumeric characters (both upper and lower-case). Write it in your personal diary.
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