The official Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) Twitter and Instagram accounts have been hacked by Saudi hackers. The Dubai-based hacking group OurMine was able to post to the social media accounts, with the hacking coming to light when people saw OurMine’s logo being posted several times from both of the accounts. Facebook confirmed the hack in a tweet, writing: “Some of our corporate social accounts were briefly hacked but we have secured and restored access.”
The hackers didn’t appear to have any malicious intent, writing on the Facebook Twitter account: “Hi, we are OurMine. Well, even Facebook is hackable but at least their security better than Twitter.” The hackers went on to promote their own security services on the platforms, asking people to contact them to improve their social media accounts’ security. The hackers also provided their website and email-id in the tweet.
Fortunately for Facebook, the attack was over pretty quickly. The temporary account takeovers lasted for less than 30 minutes. A statement from a Twitter spokesperson said, “As soon as we were made aware of the issue, we locked the compromised accounts and are working closely with our partners at Facebook to restore them.”
It appears that it was not Facebook or Twitter that had actually been compromised. The victim appears to be a third-party marketing platform used to manage social media. In this case, OurMine appears to have used password resets to change account passwords.
This is not the first time the prolific hacking group has been in the news. OurMine is the same group that previously hacked the official social media accounts of the NFL and 15 NFL teams during Super Bowl LIV. The group has also been linked to attacks against HBO, the New York Times, and ESPN. OurMine claims its attacks are made to draw attention to vulnerabilities in the security of these accounts.