Pokemon GO CEO Has His Twitter Account Hacked


Hacker group Our Mine confirms that they have hacked into the Twitter account of Pokemon Go/Niantic CEO John Hinke to protest an issue may not be on the radar of many at the moment.

For all of its early success and massive player population after launch, Pokemon GO seems to be coming back down to Earth, in large part due to some decisions which have left the community confused and frustrated. While many have decided to walk away from the game entirely or instead channel that outrage into trying to secure refunds for their in-app purchases, others have decided to take a more defiant approach through hacking.

Unfortunately for Niantic CEO, John Hanke, the group known as Our Mine appears to be responsible for hacking and taking over his account. While many could point to the recent controversy as the main reason for this hack, the group appears to be less interested about the recent changes to Pokemon GO which has negatively impacted the community, but instead more concerned with the lack of communication and delay over the South American release date.

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At the time of this writing, it has been over 17 hours since the hack originally took place. While the Tweets have stopped being posted, they are still live on Hanke's timeline with references to Brazil and Pokemon Go.

This isn't the first time this group has done something of this caliber. The group has previously gone after high profile individuals, gaining access to the account of Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, along with social media accounts for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google boss Sundar Pichai as well.

Pokemon GO and Niantic have been in the center of a wave of controversy this past week, as popular features such as the Pokemon footprint tracker were removed entirely, and cease and desist letters arrived at third-party Pokemon tracking sites like Pokevision, requesting these places suspend its services indefinitely. The situation continues to escalate, as Reddit has become a haven to people who have turned against the developers, expressing their frustrations and complaints against the recent changes.

While Nintendo and its stocks hugely benefited from the initial wave of success the app experienced, that too fell apart once investors learned that the company had little to do with it, and that the relatively unknown group Niantic was behind the game. Shares in Nintendo dropped sharply at 17%, resulting in a $6.4 billion loss even though the company never claimed or tried to hide the fact that Niantic was behind the popular app.

Are you still playing Pokemon GO and if you are, how do you feel about all of the recent changes that have hit the game? Sound off in the comments below.

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Source: John Hanke - Twitter

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