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Netflix’s Twitter account just got hacked

December 21st, 2016 at 11:35 AM
netflix hack

Notorious Twitter hackers OurMine have claimed yet another high-profile victim, breaking into the official Netflix Twitter account and posting some self-congratulatory tweets. The group, which has a history of breaking into the Twitter profiles of celebrities and tech leaders, used the opportunity to promote themselves and direct new users to their website.

This is far from the first time OurMine has taken a headline in 2016. In fact, with notable victims like Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, and even Twitter’s own CEO, Jack Dorsey, the group has had an extremely busy year.

“#Hacked #Ourmine Please visit out website to upgrade your security, Thanks,” read one of the hacked tweets, while the other was somewhat more comforting, saying “Hey, it’s OurMine, Don’t worry we are just testing your security, contact us to tell you more about that” along with the group’s email address.

Netflix has since gotten its account back and deleted OurMine’s promotional tweets, as is always the case when this type of thing happens. Buy why does it happen in the first place?

OurMine has a long history of finding its way into popular accounts, but rarely offers an explanation of exactly how they do it. However, one former alleged OurMine associate claims that the group owes its hacks to databases of hacked account information like LeakedSource. OurMine denies that this is the case.

Regardless of how OurMine found its way into Netflix’s social media brain, none of the company’s products or services have been affected by the apparent breach. It’s also a great reminder to change your passwords frequently, so you don’t end up a victim of a cheeky hacker yourself.

Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games for the past decade, covering breaking news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones, and future tech.

Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today, Time.com, and countless other web and print outlets. His love of reporting is second only to his gaming addiction.




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