Pokemon Go creator Niantic’s CEO hacked on Twitter

Written by Jaymin Shah

John Hanke, the CEO of Pokemon Go creator Niantic, has been hacked on Twitter by the hacker group OurMine.

In the past 24 hours, the hacker collective took control of the account and posted a series of tweets, including one that identified Hanke’s password as “nopass.”ourmine

Of course, this isn’t OurMine’s first high-profile hack. The organization has broken into a number of high-profile accounts, including those of William Shatner, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey (of all people!), and Travis Kalanick. In fact, TechOptimals has had our own experience with OurMine.

But poor Niantic is now the victim of two separate attacks from OurMine, the first being a DDoS attack on Pokemon Go servers in mid-July.

The hackers posted the #OurMine hashtag within tweets on Hanke’s account, and claimed the hack “for Brazil,” as you can see in the image below, captured by Cnet.hankeourmine

OurMine markets a service that will allegedly scan your accounts for vulnerabilities, and these attacks are predominantly marketing stunts for the organization.

This is yet another reminder to set up two-factor authentication across as many services as possible, and to use complex, unique passwords for each of your individual services.

About the author

Jaymin Shah

Jaymin Shah is a tech entrepreneur. He is the Founder & CEO of TechOptimals. He has made a name for himself in the tech media world as a writer relentlessly covering Technology, in addition to a broad range of startups. Contact Jaymin at jaymin@techoptimals.com

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