OurMine Hacks into Sony’s Hacked Twitter Account to Confirm the Hack… High on Holidays?


2016 has been one interesting journey for those following online security. Hacks, data breaches, data dumps, presidents accusing other countries of hacking critical systems, and the list goes on. In hopefully one of the last such stories for the year, hacked Sony Music account tweeted a fake announcement that Britney Spears is dead.

OurMine hacked Sony to debunk that Spears is, in fact, alive

Sony Music's official Twitter account posted earlier today that Britney Spears was dead. "britney spears is dead by accident! we will tell you more soon," the @SonyMusicGlobal account read before it deleted the tweets.

Spears' rep later confirmed to CNN that the singer was alive.

The interesting development followed later when OurMine, a hacking group notorious for hacking celebrity Twitter accounts, hacked into Sony account to check if it was breached.

The group - using Sony's Twitter account - posted the following messages, confirming that the account was hacked and that someone else was responsible for the original hack.

OurMine gained fame for breaking into several celebrity accounts. This year alone the group took control of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s accounts (multiple times), Google CEO Sundar Pichai's Quora account, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's Twitter account, and also breached into BuzzFeed network after the publication ran a story that identified one of OurMine hackers.

This is not the first time for Sony to taste the bitter notes of a hack either. Sony was hacked in 2014 that was carried out by a group calling itself the "Guardians of Peace," as retaliation against a comedy about the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The hack had also resulted in leaks of personal information and embarrassing emails from Sony executives and celebrities.

OurMine told the folks at Mashable that the group only hacked into Sony's account today to dispel the rumor of Spears' death before it ran wild. They added that it was the first time they have hacked to dispel a rumor, but "maybe we will keep doing that."

Shortly after, all four messages (by the original intruder and OurMine) were deleted as it appeared that Sony got back the control of its Twitter account.

As we say goodbye to 2016, it's time to start thinking about securing your own social media accounts too. Enable 2-factor authentication, revoke access to third-party applications, and of course, don't reuse passwords like Zuck.