Over the previous 6 months, the hacking team OurMine has actually assaulted the social media sites accounts of a few of the largest names in technology, consisting of Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai, Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, and also Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick. Doing not have a clear raison detre— OurMine has actually otherwise declared to be increasing understanding of safety issues and also to be billing for its safety solutions– the team has actually nonetheless developed themselves as an annoyance to lots of technology stars and also celebs.
And also while OurMine consists of an unidentified variety of cyberpunks, BuzzFeed Information could validate that a person of the OurMine staff is likely a boy living in Saudi Arabia that passes the name “Ahmad Makki” on social media sites.
A screenshot given to BuzzFeed Information reveals an August 12 Snapchat e-mail alert, sent out to “firstname.lastname@example.org,” of a telephone number reset for an account coming from “snapuldouz.” That account comes from Uldouz Wallace, a starlet and also version with a significant adhering to on Instagram and also YouTube. The exact same day, Wallace tweeted that OurMine hacked her Snapchat and also Twitter accounts. By openly introducing their hacks and also often impersonating humane scientists, OurMine has actually irritated numerous in the hacking and also cybersecurity globes, and also Makki’s name has actually consistently shown up in doxxes by competing hacking teams. Yet this screenshot is the initial tough evidence of his involvement in OurMine.
The e-mail in the screenshot represents an Instagram account with the username 0ahmadmakki0 that shows up to come from a high schooler in Saudi Arabia that passes “Ahmad Makki” on social media sites. A photo on 0ahmadmakki0’s Instagram from 2013 reveals that the bio message on the web page utilized to review “Our-Mine. web.” An equivalent Facebook web page reveals that Makki is soccer-obsessed and also resides in Jeddah. (Among the abovementioned doxxes mapped the IP address utilized by a Skype account presumably connected with OurMine to Jeddah.)
Makki additionally keeps a YouTube network, Makki Information, where in a news-style program he revealed the hack of Sony Studios Head of state Shuhei Yoshida and also obtained contributions for OurMine.
In a message from its main e-mail account, OurMine refuted that Makki is a participant: “Nope a great deal of individuals assumed he belongs to OurMine, however he is simply afan, therefore individuals assumed we are from saudi arabia, we are not.”
Makki did not reply to an e-mail, Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook ask for remark.