Rats leave the sinking ship while the hackers forum is being hacked

Prepare yourself for the warm glow of suffering: OGUsers, a forum dedicated to trading stolen Instagram, Twitter and other accounts, has apparently been hacked, the hard disks of the forum have been erased and the user database has been stolen and published on a rival community site for hackers and all users can download for free.

As Motherboard reported last year, OGUsers – called OGU by its members – is a forum that is popular with hackers specializing in hijacking people's accounts, especially through SIM swapping.

Trade in desired user names

Launched in April 2017, the forum is a market for buying and selling "OG" usernames. That is an abbreviation for & # 39; original gangster & # 39; and refers to usernames that are considered desirable, whether it be because of their short background, such as @t or @ty, or because they are considered cool, such as @Sex or @Eternity, or again, because they belong to celebrities, such as the Twitter accounts of the co-founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, comedian Sarah Silverman or NASA, to name just a few.

According to Motherboard, OGUsers traded in hijacked social media accounts, but also in PlayStation Network, Steam, Domino & # 39; s Pizza and other online accounts.

The manager of OGUsers, known as "Ace", announced the attack in a post on the forum on May 12, 2019. According to security journalist Brian Krebs, Ace told forum members that a failure was caused by a hard drive failure that knew months private forums and prestige points. Ace said they have restored a backup from January 2019.

But we have since come to find out that the power outage on 12 May coincided with the theft of the forum user database and the erasure of the hard drives.