Just a week after HBO’s Twitter accounts got hacked by OurMine, the group has made it to the headlines again by sabotaging the Twitter account of Sony’s PlayStation.
OurMine is a security group that hacks into prominent accounts for publicity and business. They have previously hacked into Sundar Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg and Games of Thrones’ social media accounts.
The hackers further claimed on Twitter to have gained access to PlayStation’s network & databases and suggested Sony take their help in order to secure the leak.
The message on Twitter read:
“PlayStation Network Databases leaked #OurMine”
“No, we aren’t going to share it, we are a security group, if you work at PlayStation then please go to our website ourmine.org”
Sony, however, managed to regain control of the accounts and delete the tweets swiftly.
When contacted, a representative for OurMine told Business Insider the following:
“We got only registration info [usernames, names, emails, etc.]. No, we are not going to release it. We are a security group; we will only send it to Sony to prove it. And no, Sony hasn’t contacted us yet.”
Comments by Ankush Johar – Director of BugsBounty.com a crowdsourced security platform for ethical hackers and organisations
“After the massive 2011 hack of Sony’s PlayStation Network, hackers claim that they’ve gained access to their data again.”
“Unfortunately, we’ve noticed in a lot of cases that social media credentials are written in plain text in configuration files that are left unprotected.”
“A pre-emptive move of running a bug bounty program may have aided Sony in avoiding the hack as it does for organisations that handle precious data including Facebook, Google and even the US Department of Defence running ‘Hack the Pentagon, Army & Air Force’ programs”.
“Crowdsourcing unlocks the power of multiple creative minds to capture vulnerabilities, that tend to slip through the cracks in regular audit programs with few security experts.”