Google CEO Sundar Pichai's Quora Account Hacked

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai's Quora Account Hacked
Highlights
  • Pichai's high-profile hack follows several such recent hacks
  • Hacking group claiming credit is the one behind Zuckerberg's hack
  • The hack was reportedly possible due to a Quora vulnerability
Another week and another high-profile hack - this time, the victim is Google CEO Sundar Pichai. His Quora account was targeted over the weekend by hacking group OurMine, which also claimed credit for hacking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest accounts earlier this month.

Alongside, the OurMine hacking team was able to publicise the fake Quora posts by tweeting them out of Pichai's Twitter account, which was associated with the crowdsourced answer site. The team announced the hack on its site on Monday, and said the Google CEO's "security was really weak."

Both Pichai's Quora and Twitter accounts have since been cleaned up, with no evidence remaining of a breach - however, a screenshot of his defaced Twitter profile was shared by OurMine. In a statement to The Next Web, the team said it had gained access to Pichai's Quora account by a vulnerability on the platform. It said the vulnerability had been reported to Quora, but that the team had yet to get a response from the site.

The OurMine hacking group is eager to depict itself as a security firm, and advertises services on its site that scan websites, social media accounts, and companies for security vulnerabilities. Apart from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier this month, the team claims to have successfully hacked Twitter co-founder Evan Williams' Twitter account, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Twitter account, apart from Randi Zuckerberg and Channing Tatum.

In the meanwhile, if you have an account on Quora, we'd advise you head over and change your password. Do ensure you don't use the same password for other accounts, and follow security best practices for your primary email account - including two-factor authentication. Zuckerberg's hack was reportedly due to his details being found in a leaked LinkedIn credential cache from the professional network's 2012 breach.
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Abhinav Lal Abhinav Lal is News Editor at Gadgets 360 and has been tracking all things tech for over a decade now. He has written extensively on a range of topics including apps, gaming, mobiles, PCs, and Web services in his tech journalism career. Apart from editing news, he also works on reviews and features, while taking care of the product side of things at Gadgets 360. Write to him at abhinavl@ndtv.com or get in touch on Twitter. You will most likely find Abhinav editing stuff for Gadgets 360, ...More
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