Hackers target NFL teams on Twitter ahead of Super Bowl
Several NFL teams had their Twitter accounts hacked on Monday ahead of this weekend’s Super Bowl sport. Around 15 teams, together with the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, had been all focused. The accounts had their profile pictures eliminated and a few included messages from OurMine, the Saudi Arabia-based hacker group that seems to be accountable.
“We are here to show people that everything is hackable,” a message on a handful of hacked accounts reads. “To improve your accounts security contact us.” The message contains an e-mail handle and Twitter deal with for OurMine, although the account was suspended.
A Twitter consultant confirmed the NFL accounts had been hacked, including that the social media platform locked the compromised accounts as quickly because it realized of the difficulty and is at the moment investigating the scenario.
The NFL’s most important account was additionally hijacked. Representatives did not instantly reply to a request for remark. Some teams, together with the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys, had been hacked on Instagram and Facebook, in accordance with CNET sister website ZDNet. Instagram and Facebook did not instantly reply to a request for remark.
OurMine has beforehand hacked the accounts of a number of high-profile personalities, together with tech leaders like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. OurMine did not instantly reply to a request for remark.
First revealed Jan. 27 at 1:46 p.m. PT.
Update, 1:57 p.m.: Adds particulars about Instagram and Facebook hacks.