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GDPR - February 20, 2020

#Privacy: The Olympics Twitter account hijacked by OurMine

The official Twitter account for the Olympics was hijacked on Saturday. 

The account had been hacked by notorious group, OurMine, through a third-party platform using a likely credential-stuffing attack. 

OurMine took credit for the hack, announcing on the Olympics account: “Hi, we are OurMine. Everything is hackable.”

In an email to Business Insider, OurMine confirmed that it was behind the cyber attack and explained that it picks its targets at random. 

A Twitter spokesperson said: “As soon we were made aware of the issue, we locked the compromised accounts and are working closely with our partners to restore them.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee said: “The IOC can confirm that it is investigating a potential breach into some of its social accounts.”

The exact same day of the attack, OurMine also hacked into the official Twitter account of FC Barcelona

OurMine has previously targeted The New York Times, HBO, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s social media accounts and NFL Twitter accounts

To reduce the chance of having an account hacked or taken over, it is suggested that users deploy two-factor authentication if the option is available

The post #Privacy: The Olympics Twitter account hijacked by OurMine appeared first on PrivSec Report.


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