‘Biggest hack in YouTube history’: Cyber security group OurMine disrupts millions
"We have no bad intentions and only care about the security and privacy of your accounts and network," OurMine states on its website. The group claimed it was the “biggest hack in YouTube history.”
This latest hack closely followed the group’s MO: video titles were changed to read “#OurMine,” while video descriptions were altered to inform YouTubers and subscribers alike of the group’s well-meaning troll.
"Hey, it's OurMine, don't worry we are just testing your security, please contact us for more information," the group wrote.
In somewhat of a Pyrrhic victory, OurMine has struggled to manage the uptick in visitors to its website since the hack, however.
The target of the latest attack is the Multi-channel network MCN) Studio71 which boasts profiles such as RomanAtwoodVlogs (12 million subscribers), JustKiddingNews (1.6 million subscribers) and Wranglerstar (562,000 subscribers).
"hey idk if you know but you got hacked"— JustKiddingFilms (@JKFilms) April 14, 2017
Yes we're aware. Were working on it and will tweet when it's resolved. Stay tuned. Thx mudda ppl pic.twitter.com/1RF90m2xcY
Our YouTube channel has been hacked we are in contact with our studio hopefully things will be back to normal... https://t.co/btArg1ktQF— Wranglerstar (@wranglerstar) April 14, 2017
The self-described cyber security group also claimed responsibility for a similar hack of high-profile YouTubers via their MCN earlier this month.
Titles and descriptions should be nearly updated this morning - tags have been restored for February / March and continue to be resolved ^AL— Omnia Media (@OmniaMediaCo) April 3, 2017
As if that wasn’t enough, the group has also successfully breached the accounts of high-profile members of the tech sector elite, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Mark and Randi Zuckerberg, Spotify founder Daniel Ek and Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, reports Wired.com.
Ouch. Mark Zuckerberg's social media accounts have been hacked pic.twitter.com/KvVmXOIg5s— Ben Hall (@Ben_Hall) June 5, 2016
Within the tech industry, OurMine is classified as a ‘White Hat’ group, meaning it engages in ethical hacking with a focus on penetration testing to shore up a target’s cyber defenses. The term ‘White Hat’ stems from old western films in which the bad guy would typically wear a black hat while the hero of the tale would don a white stetson.
In the aftermath of a previous hack, an unsuccessful online petition was set up to have the group shut down.