HBO Twitter, Facebook Accounts Hacked by Group Claiming to Be OurMine

HBO Twitter, Facebook Accounts Hacked by Group Claiming to Be OurMine

Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

Highlights
  • OurMine claims to be behind the social media hack
  • Affected HBO accounts include Game of Thrones, and Silicon Valley
  • HBO has since regained control over its social presence

HBO just can't seem to catch a break. The Twitter and Facebook accounts of over a dozen HBO shows, as well as related subsidiaries, were hacked by a group claiming to be OurMine on Wednesday night in the US.

The same message was posted across both social media platforms around 8pm Pacific Time (8:30am IST):

“Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security ,HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security – ourmine .org -> Contact”

The affected HBO accounts included Game of Thrones, Last Week Tonight, Silicon Valley, Veep, Girls, Ballers, The Leftovers, The Knick, Vinyl, The Comeback, Real Sports, Looking, Outcast, Any Given Wednesday, Cinemax, HBO Docs, HBO Boxing, HBO Now, HBO Now Help, HBO Go Help, HBO Careers, and HBO itself.

The hacking group posted another message from the Game of Thrones Twitter account, which read: "let's make #HBOHacked trending!" HBO was able to regain control of its social media presence in an hour's time, and the messages have since been deleted across all channels.

OurMine has become notorious for hacking into high-profile social media accounts. In the past, the hacker group has infiltrated the likes of Netflix, Marvel, Sony Music, and Google, Twitter and Niantic CEOs, among others.

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This isn't connected to the HBO hack from last month, which has unearthed unaired episodes, scripts, and personal details of celebrities. Typically, OurMine uses hacked accounts to advertise its commercial services.

For HBO, it's been a tough past month. Two episodes of the on-going Game of Thrones season 7 have leaked in separate incidents, the fourth episode from Star India's technology partner last week, followed by an accident involving the sixth episode on the part of HBO Spain and HBO Nordic on Wednesday.

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Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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