Secretive hacking group OurMine has hacked Buzzfeed.
The online news site was breached, and an unauthorised post appeared on its feed that read: “Hacked by OurMine team, don’t share fake news about us again, we have your database. Next time it will be public.”
The post has since been removed.
It has been suggested that the BuzzFeed hack was a retaliation for a story published on the news site claiming to unmask one of the members of the cyberhacking group.
BuzzFeed published an article identifying a man called Ahmad Makki as one of OurMine’s hackers.
A statement on OurMine’s website reads: “Yesterday Buzzfeed created a post that we are only 1 member called Ahmed Makki, and we can confirm that we don’t have a member called ‘Ahmed Makki’ and we are now 4 we were 3 but someone joined, and we hacked it because they are reporting fake news about us [sic].
“We have a member known as ‘Makki’ but not Ahmad Makki, and he is not from Saudi Arabia.”
OurMine has already been responsible for multiple high-profile hacks, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and the servers for mobile game Pokémon Go.
OurMine claims not to profit from its hacks, but rather aims to make a name for itself as a group of “white hat” information security consultants. One member, who refers to himself as Abody, said that he “just wants to upgrade people security” and help OurMine become “the biggest security group in the world.”
One of the group’s clients, Youtube video-maker Jordi van den Bussche, said: “I realised that they kinda do it for fun and to help people, instead of trying to steal money or information.”
He continued: “They helped me improve my security and because of them I managed to protect all my information from other hackers. Since their tips and tricks I realised that hackers aren’t always bad. These guys might have a bad name but to me they are just trying to help.”Return to internet news headlines
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