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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > BuzzFeed Was Hacked in Retaliation for Exposing a Hacker

BuzzFeed Was Hacked in Retaliation for Exposing a Hacker

BuzzFeed Was Hacked in Retaliation for Exposing a Hacker

Added: Sunday, October 9th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ISP, Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, RIAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting
OurMine hacking collective breached BuzzFeed in apparent retaliation for the latter’s story claiming to reveal the identity of one of its members. Just a day before, BuzzFeed published a story that claimed to identify one of OurMine members as a Saudi teen. The very next day BuzzFeed was hacked and visitors could see a message warning OurMine team to not share fake news about the hacking group anymore. The hackers claimed they obtained BuzzFeed database (including emails, passwords hashes and usernames) and threatened to make it public if this happens again.


OurMine previously hacked HSBC, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Besides, they took down the servers for Pokémon Go this past summer. The hacking group, which BuzzFeed alleged only consisted of 1 member, confirmed that they don’t have a member with such name and there are 4 members at the moment, with the 4th being a newcomer. However, the hackers admitted that the last name of the disclosed member was correct, while the first name and the country of origin weren’t. The group explained that BuzzFeed was hacked for fabricating news about OurMine.

According to other media reports, OurMine is a group of 3 (now 4) hackers, all male, from several countries, aged between 17 and 22. Their goal was to make a name for themselves as information security consultants. The group makes no money from its hacks, but earn $20,000-$40,000 per month from their security consultancy. One of the members said he worked for Microsoft and hacked Pichai through a vulnerability in the crowdsourced Q&A social network Quora.

In any case, OurMine approach seems to be working, as the group has swiftly became famous for high-profile hacks like that of Pichai, while some of its smaller hacks have resulted in people taking them on as security consultants. For example, one of their clients is a YouTube video-maker Jordi van den Bussche. He explained that OurMine had hacked his social media accounts last year, and when they started communication on the topic of regaining access to accounts, he realized that they did it for fun rather than to steal money or information. Their aim is to urge people improve security. As a result, the group helped the YouTuber improve his security and protect information from other hackers.

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Date:  Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-10-09 18:35:30)
NastyTonberry avatarHah, GOOD. Buzzfeed is a disgusting shitshower click-bait bunch of useless information, pity they never DESTROYED THEM

posted by Kitty (2016-10-09 19:10:00)
Aryna avatarhere some breaking news

F95 website just got seized by law and taken down. (adult games shared, you know "f95" guys)

just say the news, happened a minute ago, very surprising imho

back to topic: i agree with nastytmberry

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2016-10-10 00:19:12)
SirSeedsAlot avatarI'm going to rob banks so I can be hired by banks to teach them not to be robbed. Stupidist Sheet I've ever read.

posted by (2016-10-10 10:38:38)
Faceless42001 avatarWhy would the hackers get mad and say "you must never lie about us! only reveal our true identity or we will get revenge!" ? It's obvious they got mad because the story that was released must have been true.

posted by (2016-10-11 19:45:09)
n2kmaster avatarGotta go with Faceless, smells like Facebook drama of "he said" "she said" bullshit here.... They only get mad if the story is true. Wanna see this in action? Dox a fb anon, you'll see it....

posted by (2016-10-11 20:40:56)
livevil avatar#3 you do realise that's a thing right, even before computers were common?

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