Facebook’s Twitter & Instagram Accounts Hacked

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If it can happen to one of the world’s largest businesses, it can definitely happen to yours.

Social media giant Facebook has been forced to tighten up its security policies after a group of cybercriminals managed to hack into its social media accounts.

The group, known as OurMine, posted on the Twitter and Instagram accounts of Facebook and its messaging app, Messenger, that “even Facebook is hackable.” Facebook has said that the trolls have been locked out, and the accounts have now been restored.

On Twitter, the hackers posted “Hi, we are OurMine. Well, even Facebook is hackable but at least their security is better then Twitter,” highlighting a recent hack of its CEO, Jack Dorsey.

Twitter has since confirmed the hack, stating that it was enabled via a third-party application, and that a number of accounts have subsequently been locked one the company was alerted. In a statement, Twitter said that “as soon as we were made aware of this issue, we locked the compromised accounts and are working closely with our partners at Facebook to restore them.”

OurMine has been responsible for a number of high-profile cyberattacks, including one on the US National Football League (NFL) last January when it took over around a dozen accounts of the teams. It is reported that the group is based in Dubai, and in responsible for hacking high-profile groups and individuals like Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, as well as the official accounts of Netflix and ESPN.

A report from the BBC suggests that “the accounts appear to have been accessed via the third-party platform Khoros.”

“Khoros is a marketing platform that businesses can use to manage their social media communications. Typically these platforms manage or have access to the passwords and login details of their customers.”

The group says that their actions are only to highlight obvious flaws in the security procedures of organisations and individuals alike, and then reportedly instructs victims of these attacks on how they can improve their security online to prevent these types of attacks in the future.

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