On Tuesday night, users began to notice that TechCrunch was the latest victim of an OurMine breach. Judging by the screenshots, the hackers posted a message under the byline of writer Devin Coldewey that appeared on the homepage, as well as banner messages.
OurMine hacking group claims TechCrunch hack — so far, a dead page and a front-page link. pic.twitter.com/mVq7dYerXx
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"OurMine Team -- Important Message!" the headline read. "Hello guys it's OurMine Team, we are just testing TechCrunch Security, don't worry we never change your passwords ... please contact us," the group wrote in its post, which also included a link to its webpage.
TechCrunch doesn't appear to have publicly addressed the hack, but Engadget, who's also owned by TechCrunch's parent company AOL, had this to say:
Because of the limited nature of the "hack," TechCrunch was able to quickly roll back the changes OurMine made to its site. The erroneous post was deleted within minutes, and the banners and other accoutrements added to its homepage were removed soon after. While TechCrunch says it's still looking into exactly what happened, it seems the situation is under control for now.
We reached out to editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino and Devin Coldewey, but had not heard back at time of writing.