To the list of high profile Silicon Valley personalities who have had their online accounts hacked in the past few weeks, we can now add the name of Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Yesterday, Pichai's Quora account was hacked by OurMine, the same hacker group that has been behind the other high profile online break-ins.
OurMine hacked into Pichai's Quora account and posted several messages. As the Google CEO's Quora account was linked to his Twitter account as well, the hacker group posted several tweets about the hack too. Those tweets have been removed from Pichai's Twitter account.
OurMine has re-branded itself as a security firm offering superior cyber-security services and guidance. They are attracting a lot of attention by attacking high profile accounts.
“We are just testing people security (sic), we never change their passwords, we did it because there is other hackers can hack them and change everything,” OurMine told The Next Web.
OurMine's other recent exploits include hacking Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and Twitter co-founder Evan Williams' Twitter accounts. Their biggest coup however was to hack into Facebook founder CEO Mark Zuckerberg's LinkedIn and Pinterest accounts. OurMine revealed Zuckerberg's password as being, 'dadada'.
India has also seen cases of high profile hacking. Prominent targets include the TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority Of India) website. Following that episode, Microsoft opened a cybersecurity centre in Gurgaon. Web based operations are making it easier to enhance security through new measures. Google, for instance, recently introduced a new method for two-factor authentication.