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Streaming service Globoplay's system for pushing notifications was hacked

The Brazilian video streaming platform said that the cybervandalism act affected a system managed by a partner firm

Streaming service Globoplay app in a smartphone
Brazilian streaming platform Globoplay. Photo: Shutterstock
  • In notifications, hackers claim that interested parties could contact them for “better security”;
  • OurMine is a group of cybervandals that has already hacked accounts of Mark Zuckerberg, Netflix and Marvel.

Subscribers to Globoplay, a Brazilian video streaming platform controlled by Grupo Globo, received unusual messages on Sunday’s early hours. The tag #GloboHack, followed the message “HACKED BY OURMINE”, gave the impression that the system had been invaded. 

In pushed notifications, the hackers claimed that interested parties could contact them for “better security”.

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Globoplay, in its official Twitter profile, stated that the system used for sending notifications, managed by a partner company, “was the target of cybervandalism”. According to the company, the attackers sent two messages that directed the user to an external website.

The company stressed, however, that no Globo or Globoplay system was directly invaded. 

According to CanalTech, OurMine is a group of hackers that has been operating at least since 2016, having gained recognition mainly for the intrusion in Twitter accounts and other social networks of celebrities, companies and movie studios. Among those who have already been affected by the activities are Mark Zuckerberg, Netflix and Marvel.

In one of its most notorious cases, in 2017, it carried out mass invasions of profiles on YouTube, changing descriptions of videos with the warning that they would be conducting security tests on the platform.