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Hackers break into the Twitter account of Pokémon GO creator

By John Law - on 1 Aug 2016, 11:24am

Hackers break into the Twitter account of Pokémon GO creator

Image source: Forbes.

John Hanke has got a lot going on for him at this very moment. As the CEO of Niantic Labs, his company was responsible for creating what is now being called the world’s most popular app, Pokémon GO.

Since its launch, Hanke has had to deal with a tirade of problems pertaining to the game, such as server outages, availability of the game in other countries, rogue apps that violate the game’s terms of service, and last but not least, a inbox that’s possibly bursting at its seams with messages from fans.

And just when he thought things couldn’t get anymore hectic for himself, Hanke’s Twitter account was hacked and hijacked.

Based on a report by Forbes, Hanke’s account was hacked by a hacker collective known as OurMine. The group managed to gain access to Hanke’s account after they discovered his password and then proceeded to tweet from his account, with the most recent post being the password that Hanke used for Twitter.

The group apparently hacked Hanke’s Twitter account for two reasons: the first was supposedly to test his security, while the second reason was merely a list of countries which were named off in a simple message: “for brazil & argentina & chile”. These countries, like Malaysia, still do not have Pokémon GO available for their smart devices, a point which undoubtedly infuriated the fandom within each respective country.

By the way, the password of Hanke’s Twitter account? It was simply “nopass”.

Which brings us to the moral of this story, which by extension, also concerns Pokémon GO.

If you’re going to set a password up any app or program, please do get into the habit of creating a complicated password for it.

Source: Forbes.