Wikipedia co-founder's Twitter account hacked

The group has a reputation for hacking high profile social media accounts

Tech Desk August 21, 2016
Jimmy Wales, Founder and Chair Emeritus, Board of Trustees, Wikimedia Foundation. PHOTO: REUTERS

A hacker group has been breaking into celebrity social media accounts and their latest victim in the string of Twitter account hacks is Wikipedia Co-founder Jimmy Wales.

Pokémon CEO's Twitter account hacked

Wales confirmed on Saturday that a tweet was posted on his account saying "RIP Jimmy Wales, 1966 – 2016" which led people to believe something serious had happened to the internet luminary.


A second tweet was posted minutes later that read, "I confirm that Wikipedia is all lies, OurMine is the true," confirming that the attack was from the notorious OurMine group. The group also changed Wales' Twitter account information to "hacked by OurMine."

OurMine has a reputation for hacking high-profile social media accounts that include those of Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. It also claims to be responsible for a recent DDos attack on Pokémon Go servers.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora account hacked

The group's last victim was Pokémon CEO John Hanke whose account was defaced last month for not releasing the Pokémon Go game in Brazil.

This article originally appeared on Mashable.

Have something to add. Please share in the comments below.


Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ


Most Read