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WikiLeaks ‘Hacked’ because OurMine Group Responds with ‘Hack Us’ Challenge

 

OurMine, self-styled White Hat hackers, took control of the WikiLeaks home page this morning, the website run by hermit and believed to be tech savvy having a small number of fans in national security world. If you missed them, then the group OurMine offers the white hat services charging some fee at the time of carrying out the black hat attacks on tech companies and personalities.

 

When website was accessed from few locations on Thursday morning, the message was visible. Theverge.com posted on August 31st, 2017, stating that few visitors of the site are greeted with the message stating that the account of WikiLeak was suspended at the time of publication.

 

Last year, the group of OurMine hacked the Twitter account of CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey along with Quora page of CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai. OurMine group was further responsible for the hacks which targeted websites of BuzzFeed and Variety, after an article was published by the news site claiming to have exposed one of their members. The group of OurMine was known for commandeering accounts after exploiting the outdated passwords, they hacked the social media accounts of HBO in the beginning of this month.

 

Already, OurMine has decent list of victims; in fact OurMine group declared to the whole world that Dadada password was used by Mark Zuckerberg without having much choice. OurMine group further made HBO as well as its show regarding swords, boobs, and dragons look very silly, and made us excited regarding leaks of Curb Your Enthusiasm of Larry David.

 

It is the most recent in a series of high-profile but eventually low-impact attacks of OurMine group, who first came to fame after social media accounts hacking of a series of tech titans in 2016 summer.

 

Those hacks most of the times followed unchanged template: finding the re-used passwords in data breach which was released earlier, and then testing them in numerous services as possible till finding one which works. In recent times, they took control over the Twitter accounts of HBO, as they were in the middle of a separate attack of ransomware.

 

A spokesperson of WikiLeaks didn't immediately responded to the request for any comment on apparent hack, however the Task Force of WikiLeaks, the semi-official account that was linked to this group, called the article "fake news".

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