From the first weekend of February, a hacker group self-appointed as OurMine began compromising some relevant Twitter accounts in the sports world, such as those of some National Football League (NFL) teams and sports media giant ESPN. Ethical hacking specialists report that this weekend OurMine reappeared, this time attacking the official Twitter accounts of FC Barcelona football club and the 2020 Olympic Games; Twitter confirmed the attack and mentioned that the accounts were temporary blocked after improper access.
“Hello, we are OurMine. Well, we read some private messages and it looks like Neymar will be back here,” mentions one of the tweets that the threat actors posted on the football club’s official account. In addition, the hacker group posted on both attacked accounts messages similar to those posted in their previous attacks, in which they claimed that “everything is hackable”.
This is OurMine’s third attack incident in less
than a month, so professionals and enthusiasts of ethical hacking begin to
raise the possibility of a vulnerability affecting Twitter, although
representatives of the platform hold another explanation: Just as previous
incidents, OurMine hackers managed to compromise the attacked accounts via a
security flaw on a third-party platform, as reported by a Twitter spokesperson,
although no additional details were provided about the attack on these
OurMine members identify themselves as an
ethical hacking group whose sole purpose is to help companies find potential
security vulnerabilities and find the best ways to fix them. However, it is
easy to doubt the good intentions of these hackers, as every time OurMine
hackers burst onto the scene, they do so using tactics such as login credential
theft, brute force attacks and other malicious hacking practices.
According to the International Institute of
Cyber Security (IICS), other hacking incidents perpetrated by OurMine have had
extensive media impact, including the hacking of Twitter
CEO Jack Dorsey’s account, cyberattacks against the founders of Wikipedia and
even Google CEO Sundar Pichai.