CEO of Company Behind Pokemon GO Gets Hacked by OurMine
OurMine, the group of Saudi hackers that’s been targeting the CEOs of Silicon Valley businesses, made another victim over the weekend, and this time, it’s the CEO of the company behind the hottest game on the market, Pokemon GO.
In a series of tweets posted to the Twitter page of John Hanke, Niantic CEO, the hackers reveal they hacked the exec’s Quora account, from where they were able to cross-post on his Twitter page.
Another snippet of information the hackers have unveiled is that Hanke had used “nopass” as his Quora account password. The hackers did something similar when they hacked Zuckerberg’s Twitter account, revealing the Facebook CEO was using “dadada” as his password.
OurMine justified their hack as “for Brazil,” a country in which Pokemon GO had not yet launched, hinting they would like the game released there as well.
At the time of writing, the CEO’s Quora posts are deleted, but his Twitter profile still shows the tweets posted by OurMine.
OurMine has a long history of hacking Silicon Valley’s elite
The list of CEOs hacked by OurMine includes a lot of big names, some of which you’ll find hard to believe, but all incidents actually happened, which shows that being the leader of one of the world’s leading tech companies doesn’t mean anything in the face of a determined hacker.
- Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO, they hacked his Pinterest and Twitter profile);
- Dick Costolo (former Twitter CEO, they hacked his Pinterest account and cross-posted to his Twitter account);
- Jack Dorsey (Twitter CEO, they hacked Vine account and cross-posted to his Twitter account);
- Sundar Pichai (Google CEO, they hacked his Quora account and cross-posted to his Twitter profile);
- Ev Williams (Twitter, Blogger, and Medium co-founder, they hacked his Twitter account);
- Marissa Mayer (Yahoo CEO, they hacked Twitter account);
- Daniel Ek (Spotify CEO, they hacked his Twitter account);
- Brendan Iribe (Oculus Rift CEO, they hacked his Twitter account).