Several Marvel Twitter accounts hacked by OurMine
- Author: Regina Holmes Dec 22, 2016,
Dec 22, 2016, 0:39
The official Twitter accounts of Netflix and a string of Marvel movies were hacked by a company called OurMine in an effort to showcase their lax password security.
One of the tweet taunts Netflix's security on Twitter, probably a week password, with a message reading "World security is s**t". As of publishing, the tweets have been removed.
Hacker group OurMine, known for taking over high-profile social media accounts, has struck again. Among its other targets: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek.
"Don't worry we are just testing your security", read one of the tweets posted to the Netflix account.
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A check of Netflix's U.S. Twitter account, which has 2.48 million followers, shows it's back to normal.
Twitter deleted the first hijacked tweet from Marvel in less than half an hour from @Avengers, a verified account for the Marvel-owned superhero franchise. Netflix has not yet responded to request for comment. As amusing as it may sound, the hacker group's primary objective is to test password strength of popular social media accounts who have a lot of followers. At the time, an alleged OurMine member told PCMag via email that the three-person team is "just trying to protect [companies'] servers". "We are here to prove this".
According to the hackers themselves, the breach happened after previously breaking into the Twitter account of Netflix's Director of Social Media, thus obtaining access to several other accounts belonging to the company.