Although it is heartening to know that mostly it’s the accounts of famous people like Sundar Pichai are hacked by hacking groups, it is disturbing to know that even so resourceful people are vulnerable to hacking attacks. This was recently proved by a hacking group called OurMine who hacked into Sundar Pichai’s Quora account just to prove this point.
Sundar Pichai’s Quora account is also attached to his Twitter account (as most prefer to log into Quora using Twitter account), whatever was being posted on Quora also appeared on Twitter.
So if Sundar Pichai’s Quora account is hacked and through this account, his Twitter account is also hacked, how safe do you feel? If you think you are more vulnerable than the big shots of tech companies, you will be surprised to know, if you don’t already know, that the same OurMine hacking group was also easily able to hack into Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts, again, just to prove a point.
The hacking group OurMine isn’t a mischievous group. Upon being contacted, they told the NextWeb that they didn’t want to create any trouble for Sundar Pichai when they hacked into his Quora account. They just wanted to prove that the account could be easily hacked and people like Sundar Pichai might not be using seure methods to keep their accounts safe. In the statement, one of the representatives of OurMine told the NextWeb, “We are just testing people security (sic), we never change their passwords, we did it because there is other hackers can hacked them and change everything.”
I don’t know if the improper English is a misprint or not, but anyway it hardly matters.
The hacking group was able to hack into Sundar Pichai’s Quora account using a vulnerability in Quora’s platform. The vulnerability has been reported to the company but so far there hasn’t been a response from Quora.
The hacking of a big shot like Sundar Pichai may alarm you but it may also be heartening to know that he might not be fully responsible for the hacking. What can a person do if a platform has some vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hacking groups like OurMine, or worse, by hacking groups that actually intent to cause harm?
How can you keep your accounts safe from being hacked? Well, if the system you are using itself is hacked there is nothing much you can do. I mean, no matter how strong a password you create, if the database itself is hacked, it hardly matters.
On your part, what you can do is, avoid using a single password for multiple services. For example, once the hacking group was able to hack into Sundar Pichai’s Quora account, they were also able to post messages on Twitter. It is not sure whether Sundar Pichai has the same password for Quora and Twitter (because you can connect your Twitter account through authorization without supplying the password), but do have different passwords for different services.
Does the prospect of having scores of passwords seem daunting? Obviously it is. You cannot keep track of all the passwords without a reliable tool. For this I use LastPass. You may like to read a quick review of LasPass.