The same team that compromised a bunch of NFL accounts has stolen Facebook's Twitter account

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  • On Friday afternoon, the hacking collective OurMine took a brief hijack of Facebook's Twitter account.
  • A back-and-forth tussle for power between the hacker community and Facebook has culminated in a series of tweets that were quickly posted-then-deleted.
  • OurMine has a history of hacking high profile individuals, teams and companies social media accounts: at the end of January, it hacked the Twitter accounts of 15 NFL teams.
  • Twitter confirmed the hack to Business Insider, and said the accounts had been hacked through a platform of third parties.
On Friday afternoon, the hacking collective OurMine briefly hijacked Facebook's Twitter account but the company still appeared to retain some control over the account.
"Hi, we're O u r M I n e. Well, even Facebook is hackable but at least their security is better than Twitter. To improve the security of your accounts Contact us: [email protected] u r m I n e.org For security services visit: o u r m I n e. org," said a Friday afternoon tweet announcing the takeover.
Equally compromised at the same time was the Twitter account belonging to Facebook Messenger.
But Facebook still seemed to have some control over the account, and in seconds it deleted the tweet – posted at least five times. The hack appeared to cease within 30 minutes.


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Twitter confirmed the hack to Business Insider and said the accounts had been hacked through a platform of a third party.

"We locked the compromised accounts as soon as we were made aware of the issue and are working closely with our Facebook partners to restore them," a Twitter spokesperson told Business Insider. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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