Niantic CEO John Hanke’s Twitter Account Hacked

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Fueled by the lack of Pokémon GO in Brazil, a hacker group called OurMine took control of Niantic CEO John Hanke’s Twitter account today.

Hanke and the development team at Niantic Labs in San Francisco had no idea how much of an impact Pokémon GO would have in the mobile space when it began rolling out on July 6. Despite not yet being available in several countries around the world (including South America), Pokémon fans in Brazil are taking advantage of every opportunity to bombard Niantic with not-so-tactful words.


Earlier this afternoon, OurMine successfully cracked through the password security of Hanke’s Twitter account. “Hey, it’s OurMine, don’t worry we are just testing your security,”read one Tweet. A series of other Tweets followed shortly after, one of which said “This hack for Brazil #POKEMONGOBRAZIL #PokemonGo4Brazil!?

OurMine has also claimed responsibility for cracking Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account earlier this month.

As a reminder to those who do have Niantic’s real world Pokémon-catching mobile hit, PoodleCorp has promised to take down all Pokémon GO servers for at least 24 hours on August 1. When asked why, the group’s leader said, “because chaos is entertainment.” Time will tell if they will follow through on that promise.

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