A hacker took over Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe’s twitter account Wednesday night and announced a new boss. The hack was fairly brief and the hacker’s tweets were deleted by Thursday morning, but not before the hacker had made his presence known.
The hacker announced a little-followed Twitter user as the company’s new chief. He also reportedly changed Iribe's Twitter bio to read, “im not testing ya security im just havin a laugh” — a reference to a series of high-profile celebrity hacks earlier this month.
He also changed Iribe’s cover photo, and in his final tweet announced that he will give Iribe his Twitter account back if he gets a free Oculus Rift so he can “watch porn the cool way.”
Oculus, the maker of virtual reality headsets, is owned by Facebook whose founder Mark Zuckerberg also suffered at the hands of hackers earlier this month. Zuckerberg’s Pinterest and Twitter accounts were compromised by a hacking collective called OurMine.
The hackers posted “proof” by tweeting from Zuckerberg's Twitter account with a message in the description saying, “we are just testing your security.” They also changed the title of his Pinterest page to “Hacked By OurMine Team.” The collective claimed that Zuckerberg used a very simple password, and the same one for multiple accounts on various platforms.
Iribe’s Twitter also seems to have had a similar problem. In one tweet, the hacker reprimanded Iribe for using the same password for four years. “Imagine creating the coolest shit to ever be introduced to gaming and technology but using the same pass for 4 years lol... silly mr CEO!,” he reportedly tweeted.
This month also saw Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s Twitter account fall prey to hackers, as well as Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai’s Twitter account. Both these hacks were conducted by OurMine. However, Iribe’s hacking doesn’t seem to be the work of OurMine as the collective's name has not been mentioned.