OurMine hacking group defaces BuzzFeed for publishing ‘fake news’
Do you remember “OurMine” hacking group? Couple of months earlier, this group had claimed of hacking elite accounts around the world, which included accounts of Daniel Ek, the CEO and founder of Spotify, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, Channing Tatum, YouTubers Pewdiepie and Markiplier, Deadmau5, David Guetta, and former Twitter CEOs Dick Costolo and Ev Williams.
Apparently, the very same group is now claiming to have carried out a retaliation attack on BuzzFeed News for fake articles posted on the website about the group. It also defaced several of the news outlet’s stories, after a story published on BuzzFeed identified a Saudi teenager named Ahmad Makki as a member of the hacking group.
OurMine posted to the site notifying visitors of the hack after gaining access to the popular entertainment site. The group threatened BuzzFeed, by writing:
“Hacked by OurMine team, don’t share fake news about us again, we have your database,” read a message on several posts on the site Wednesday before it was removed. “Next time it will be public. Don’t f**k with OurMine again.”
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) October 5, 2016
In their official blog post, the group gave a complete statement about their BuzzFeed hack, according to which:
“Why we hacked it? Alright, yesterday Buzzfeed Created a post that we are only 1 member called Ahmed Makki, and we can confirm that we don’t Have a member called ” Ahmed Makki ” and we are now 4 we were 3 but someone joined, and we hacked it because they are reporting fake news about us.”
BuzzFeed took down the vandalized pages within minutes and said that the site is “working to restore” the articles, including the original report on OurMine. BuzzFeed also acknowledged that the group altered several posts on their website following BuzzFeed News’ reporting on the group.
Buzzfeed's story about Ourmine is now deleted, as is this pic.twitter.com/JyVPFky6v3
— Andy Orin (@andyorin) October 5, 2016
The attack by OurMine comes as a surprise, as they initially denied BuzzFeed’s report in a statement claiming that the person was “just a fan” of their hacking.
On Twitter, tech reporter Joseph Bernstein, under whose byline the post appeared, wrote, “Never a dull moment.”