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IN Science & Technology ON 27 Jun, 2016
In this internet age, security is of utmost importance. If you aren't secure, believe me, you don't want to be on the Internet. Several hacking episodes have come into the picture over the last few weeks. In the list of high-profile hacks (as happened with Mark Zuckerberg and Kylie Jenner) that have been happening, another name is added. This time, the victim is Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
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After this exhausting task, we normally are convinced that our accounts have become almost impossible to hack. But...
3 weeks ago, the Facebook founder briefly lost control of both his Twitter and Pinterest accounts after a hacker group broke into them, defacing the pages. Apparently, the group which goes by the name OurMine found his details in a database of 117 million passwords hacked from social network LinkedIn in 2012.
Later in the same week, Evan Williams, the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, had his account briefly compromised. The same group of hackers, OurMine  took credit for hacking Williams' account as well in a tweet which was deleted minutes later, as reported by the technology website Mashable.
That same group has targeted, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google.
The hackers appear to have gained access to the Pichai's Twitter account using a vulnerability in Quora. OurMine, believed to be a three-person team, looks to be focusing on celebrities and major players in the technology industry.
The hack became evident when Pichai's Twitter account began showing tweets linking to Pichai's Quora posts, referencing OurMine. They were deleted a few hours after they were posted.
The hacking group says it aims to highlight security holes in systems rather than deface accounts. It claimed it has shared the details of the security hole with Quora but hasn't heard back.
OurMine team claims it brings out the security flaws in user's account by hacking into them. "We are just trying to let them know that nobody is safe," OurMine told Mic. OurMine also has a security check-up plan for social media accounts that people can sign up for $5,000 per scan. The team, in turn, tells them whether their accounts are hackable.
In a world, that functions almost completely online, privacy seems to be the most essential asset, one can own. If however, such incidents keep coming into limelight, it wouldn't be surprising if the masses start feeling even more vulnerable.
You possibly don't use those other accounts as much. But God forbid, if even one of them was hacked, you'll probably lose your other accounts too which use the same password. Learn from Mark Zuckerberg's mistakes. Be smart, be safe.
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