Facebook’s Twitter account is hijacked by notorious OurMine hacking group

Graham Cluley

Facebook's Twitter account is hijacked by notorious OurMine hacking group

Facebook's Twitter account is hijacked by notorious OurMine hacking group

Well, this is embarrassing.

Ourmine

Hi, we are O u r M i n e.
Well, even Facebook is hackable but at least their security is better than Twitter.

to improve your account security
Contact us: contact@o u r m i n e .org

For security services visit: o u r m i n e.org

Facebook’s official Twitter account started posting message from the OurMine hacking gang just before midnight UK time on Friday.

And, it appears the official Facebook Messenger account was similarly impacted.

The Verge is reporting that Facebook’s Instagram account has been similarly compromised.

OurMine is the same hacking gang which hijacked the social media accounts of 16 NFL teams just last month, and has previously hijacked the Pinterest account of Mark Zuckerberg, and the Twitter accounts of Sony Playstation chief Shuhei Yoshida, HBO, TechCrunch, and FC Barcelona amongst others.

From the looks of things, OurMine compromised Facebook’s Khoros account and used that to post the unauthorised message to the social media giant’s Twitter account. Khoros is a platform used by big brands to manage their social media engagement and err.. clearly, in the case of Facebook’s Khoros account at the very least, it wasn’t properly secured.

Thankfully OurMine has a history of being more interested in mischief than malice. They could so easily have tweeted out a phishing link or directed Facebook fans towards a site harbouring malware.

I wonder if the OurMine group deliberately timed its attack for a Friday evening when they might have imagined there would be less staff standing by to try to fix the problem. As it is, the messages appear to have been deleted within minutes of their appearance.

Graham Cluley Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.