Twitter account of Pokemon Go creator hacked by OurMine


Hackers are always curious. They have this bubbly mind that cannot rest unless they unleash something, you know. Last month, hackers found their way into Pokemon Go servers. This week, a group of hackers dubbed OurMine broke into the Twitter account of John Hanke, the CEO of US-based software company Niantic that created the popular GPS-based augmented reality game with Japanese company Nintendo.

The hackers took over the Hanke’s account and decided to post a series of tweets including one that identified Hanke’s password as “nopass”.

The hackers also came up with a Hashtag; to show that they have taken over. The #OurMine hashtag made rounds on Twitter.

Last month, the hacking team frustrated Pokemon Go players as they were unable to log in to the game since they poked the login servers with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

The group said it would not stop the attack until representatives from Pokemon Go contacted them.

“No one will be able to play this game till Pokemon Go contact us on our website to teach them how to protect it!” the group wrote in a post on its website.

The Hackers told Forbes that they also gained access to Hanke’s Foursquare and private Facebook accounts after using a brute force tool to guess his passwords. Although, they noted that they have not posted anything on Hanke’s Facebook because it had less than a thousand followers. “When we check someone [sic] security, we should scan all of his accounts,” the hacker wrote. “But we didn’t do anything with it. We never change passwords.”

Hack reasons

Apparently, the hackers have two reasons; “1 – we are testing his security 2 -for brazil & argentina & chile [sic].” The hackers wrote.

The hackers provided that many people had requested that the group attack Hanke’s accounts. “We are just trying to tell everyone that nobody is safe,” they said, before reminding people to use two-factor authentication and to change their passwords every two to three weeks. The hacker also said that the DDoS attack was meant to “show them how to protect their servers.”