On Friday afternoon, Facebook social media accounts were temporarily taken over by a group of hackers.
The hacking group OurMine posted on Facebook and Messenger’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, writing “even Facebook is hackable”.
The accounts have now been restored.
OurMine claims that its attacks are an attempt to show cyber vulnerabilities. In January, he hijacked more than a dozen National Football League team accounts.
The group posted a statement on Facebook’s Twitter account. “Hi, we are OurMine. Well, even Facebook is hackable, but at least their security is better than Twitter.”
He also hijacked Facebook and Massager accounts on Instagram to post a photo of the OurMine logo.
Facebook’s own website has not been hacked.
Twitter has confirmed that the hacking occurred through a third party and that the accounts were locked once it was alerted to the problem.
“As soon as we learned of the problem, we have locked the compromised accounts and are working closely with our Facebook partners to restore them,” Twitter said in a statement.
The Facebook attack appears to have followed a similar hack against National Football League teams. The accounts seem to have been accessible via the third-party platform Khoros.
Khoros is a marketing platform that companies can use to manage their social media communications. Generally, these platforms manage or have access to the passwords and login information of their customers.
Khoros did not respond to a request for comment from the BBC.
OurMine is a Dubai-based hacking group that has attacked the accounts of leading companies and individuals in the past. In the past, it has temporarily infiltrated the social media account of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and the corporate accounts of Netflix and ESPN. The
group claims that its attacks are designed to show a lack of security. But he also asks the victims to use his services to improve the guarantees.