Netflix’s U.S has become the latest high-profile company to have its Twitter account hacked by activist group and security consultancy service OurMine.
now apparently under the full control of Twitter again, with all rogue tweets removed. The hack lasted around 40 minutes.
The hack seems to have only affected the US account (@Netflix) and not the UK’s or any others. Netflix’s actual website and the accounts of its users are also believed to be safe.
OurMine has found its way into several high profile accounts, including those of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and publications BuzzFeed and Forbes.
OurMine tends not to wreak havoc after accessing accounts but instead encourages people to improve their online security and buy its consulting services.
For the uninitiated, OurMine has a track record of infiltrating online accounts pertaining to well-known people and brands. Back in June, Facebook cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were seemingly accessed by OurMine, as were accounts belonging to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The following month, Twitter cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey also had his Twitter account accessed by OurMine.
Back in October, a BuzzFeed report claimed that the hacks were carried out by a Saudi Arabian student going by the name of Ahmad Makki, however, OurMine denied this rumor. BuzzFeed itself was subsequently hacked, with a number of its headlines altered.
The direct impact of OurMine’s myriad hacks generally hasn’t been too serious and, in an interview with Mic earlier this year, the collective claimed it carried out hacks to “encourage” people to improve their security habits and to buy consulting services directly from OurMine.
The latest hack only seems to have impacted Netflix’s main @Netflix Twitter account, which is focused on U.S. viewers. Other regional accounts, including the U.K., are fine for now.
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