OurMine Strikes Again: BuzzFeed Hacked for “Sharing Fake News”

BuzzFeed, a America-based social news and entertainment company with a focus on digital media and digital technology, has become the latest website to be compromised by hackers. A number of stories on the website have been vandalized by hackers in what appears a retaliation for a story that claimed to expose a member of their group. The hacker group, which calls itself OurMine, changed titles of several BuzzFeed posts to note that the website has been hacked. There’s another note left by hackers which says “share fake news about us again.”

Several stories on have been affected, with The Drum receiving the below message on a link that was meant to contain a news feature. The hackers warned BuzzFeed that it has the media owner’s “database,” adding: “Next Time it will be public. Don’t fuck with OurMine again.”

OurMine is the hacking group that has attracted high-profile attention in the past 12 months. It has previously taken credit for hacking into the social media accounts of Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, Google boss Sundar Pichai, former Twitter head Dick Costolo as well as Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey.

Several Twitter users reported that hacking outfit’s message had appeared on “dozens” of articles on BuzzFeed, but the site appears to have dealt with the cyber attack quite quickly.

Reina Ho

Reina Ho is a freelance reporter who focuses on censorship and information control in online space.

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