Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales’ Twitter account was compromised on Saturday by OurMine, a self-proclaimed cybersecurity company that hacks high profile computer networks and tech celebrity social media accounts to promote its professional services.
Wales, born in Huntsville, Alabama, and currently living in London where he serves part-time as an adviser to the British government on internet issues, must have been more infuriated by the second tweet posted by Our Mine than the first which announced his death.
The white-hat hacker group has also made an example of their expertise by infiltrating the social media accounts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
OurMine announced the Wales hack on its website Saturday in rushed language. “Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales is hacked! Today , Our Team hacked Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia Founder,” the anonymous security team proclaimed.
Despite OurMine’s self-description as a computer network security company, there is little evidence to suggest it actually performs any cybersecurity services. A quick investigation by Wired in June found that when asked to produce receipts of services rendered, an unnamed OurMine employee only sent the publication a doctored screenshot from their PayPal account showing $5,000 in payments from two clients.
The group has also reportedly gained access to the Twitter accounts of Spotify founder Daniel Ek, Amazon’s chief technology officer Werner Vogels and most recently, Facebook vice-president Adam Mosseri.
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