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The hacker collective OurMine launched an attack on various social media accounts of the American National Football League (NFL) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at the beginning of the week. In the process, they made several posts announcing that OurMine was back and that almost anything could be hacked.

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In addition to the official NFL Twitter account, which has 25 million followers, the accounts of the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears teams were also hacked.

The twitter accounts for the @NFL, @Chiefs, @packers and @ChicagoBears got hacked.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 27, 2020

As soon as Twitter was made aware of the hacks, the affected accounts were frozen. Not only Twitter accounts were hacked, but also Instagram and Facebook pages. In the meantime, all accounts have been released again and the posts that were made by OurMine have been deleted.

Previous major hacks

It's not the first time OurMine has made headlines with such major hacks. In the past, they managed to hijack the Twitter and Quora accounts of Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google. They also fell victim to the Twitter accounts of Mark Zuckerberg and his sister Randi Zuckerberg as well as Spotify founder Daniel Ek, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels and actor Channing Tatum.

The OurMine hackers claim to act altruistically. With their hacks, they allegedly only want to draw attention to how vulnerable any accounts are and that anyone can potentially become a victim of a hacker attack. «We have no bad intentions. We are only concerned with the security of your accounts and networks, ”it says on their website.

Hence, they call themselves white hat hackers. These are in contrast to black hat hackers, who carry out hacks for their own profit, for espionage or for the joy of crime and for the purpose of disrupting them.

This is how you protect yourself

The company behind Quora claims it was possible to hack Pichai's account because he used the same password for different websites. It was similar with the Zuckerberg hack. Therefore, you should always make sure that you use different passwords for different logins. Even using the same password with different special characters or numbers is considered unsafe.

OurMine also managed to post on Pichai's Twitter feed, as he had linked it to his Quora account. Therefore, it is important to always exercise caution when linking different social media accounts, because if one of these accounts is hacked, the others can also be accessed.

In order to prevent someone else taking over your own accounts, it is always advisable to set up two-factor authentication for all accounts. This means that you always have to confirm a new login with a pin or another identification, making it impossible for other people who know the password for the account to be able to log in.

(L'essentiel / doz)

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