No superpower can protect one's Twitter account from being hacked. That's what OurMine proved recently after it took down a number of accounts connected to the Marvel Universe.
Affected accounts include Marvel Studios, The Avengers, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and other accounts.
Affected accounts had this posted on their pages:
"Hey, it's OurMine. Don't worry we are just testing your security, contact us to help you with your security."
The post is followed by an email address - firstname.lastname@example.org - where the affected account users can contact the hackers.
Tech Crunch reports that aside from the Marvel accounts, OurMine was also able to hack Netflix.
OurMine has been active lately. It has victimized a number of celebrities including Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai of Google, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, actor Channing Tatum, and model/actress Uldouz Wallace. Even tech Crunch has fallen victim to OurMine.
OurMine has said before that its main objective is to raise awareness on security problems. It does so by hacking through websites and accounts with lots of followers to prove their strength and weakness. The hackers are not known to take advantage of what they unravel through their hacking activities except for asking for a fee for helping the accounts or sites improve their security. According to the Washington Post, OurMine charges $30 for "protecting" social media accounts and as much as $5,000 for corporate networks.
Authorities believe the OurMine team of hackers is made up of a small group of teenagers. One report says that one of the teens is a Saudi national who uses the name Ahmad Makki on social media.
2016 has been littered with hacking incidents. There's the San Francisco Muni hacker, the unauthorized posting of Maisie Williams' topless photos, and the DDoS attacks that shut down Twitter, Netflix and a host of other websites. But the biggest one to date remains the breach of 1 billion Yahoo accounts hacked in 2013.