Several of Facebook’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were hijacked tonight, and the group claiming the honor is the same who said it had hacked NFL and ESPN social media accounts last week. The hijacked accounts had returned to normal within 30 minutes.
A group that called themselves OurMine has placed several messages on Facebook’s Twitter account and on its separate Messenger account. The edge posted the same tweet multiple times before it was quickly deleted. This is what the tweet looked like on the official Facebook Twitter account:
The same message was also posted on the official Messenger handle on Twitter:
You can see how quickly the tweets from the hijackers were removed and placed again in this video from Jane Manchun Wong:
In a statement, Twitter said that hacking was done through a third-party platform:
Confirmation of the account has been hacked through a third-party platform. As soon as we were aware of the problem, we locked the compromised account and worked closely with our partners on Facebook to restore it.
OurMine also seemed to hijack the official Facebook and Messenger Instagram accounts:
For clarity, what OurMine claimed in its messages is a bit misleading. Facebook itself is not hacked here and it seems that Twitter is not. The tweets seem to have been sent by an external service called Khoros, which was also used to send the hijacked tweets from the NFL accounts. Khoros can also publish messages on Instagram.
Facebook did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
OurMine has also received recognition for hacking of social media accounts owned by Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai and HBO in the past, but until the credit for the NFL and ESPN hacks in January, no hack had been reported by the group since 2017. A person who seemed to be connected to OurMine told NBC News in January that OurMine stopped working in 2017 “due to some problems” but that the group is now back.