OurMine hack­ers bid for the spot­light

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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.

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