OurMine hackers bid for the spotlight
INSECURITY OUTFIT OURMINE has made something of a name for itself this year, managing to hack broadcaster and home of Game of Thrones HBO, and Sony PlayStation. The group has also targeted social media accounts and has seized control of those belonging to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
So it sounds a lot like a straight-up hacking group then? Yes it does, but that is not the message that its website puts across. The group has a cavalier attitude and strikes at the social media accounts and other parts of well-known targets and exposes them. Its website offers paid-for protection over such accounts. Which is a bit shady.
“OurMine is an elite hacker group known for many hacks showing vulnerabilities in major systems,” states its About page.
“As professional hackers and vulnerability assessors, we will help you secure your network, show you all available vulnerabilities, and fix them all!”
There’s no doubting that the group does that, but why does it go about it this way? It claims to be a ‘white hat’ group – hacking to expose flaws before they can be exploited – but the companies and people who have been publicly exposed may not use that phrase to describe them.
In OurMine’s own words: “We have no bad intentions and only care about the security and privacy of your accounts and network… We are experienced in many fields of hacking and can crack anything from a network to a social media account.”
The group further explains that its services are beneficial to all, adding: “Not only will we give you access to all your accounts again, we will give you future security tips and assist you with securing your account to its maximum potential.”
That sort of stuff is reassuring, if you got to OurMine in advance and had paid for its services, learned your weaknesses and prepared, or pre-paid for them before anyone had a chance to leak them and mock you.