The social media accounts of about half of the teams associated with the National Football League (NFL), along with the official NFL account, were hacked, the NFL said in a statement on Wednesday. Some of the social media accounts of ESPN were also “briefly compromised,” ESPN also expressed in a statement.
“Everything is hackable”
The accounts of the NFL were hacked on Sunday and Monday. Many tweets came from the hacked NFL accounts that promoted the hacker group OurMine. The tweets were a medium to announce that the hacking collective is “back” and that “everything is hackable.” Perhaps, OurMine has supposedly, taken responsibility for the hacks, according to a report by the BBC. On Tuesday afternoon, OurMine also took credit (responsibility) for hacking ESPN’s accounts.
Dov Kleiman, a reporter from NFL collected many screenshots of the hacked pages in his Twitter thread.
Instagram and Facebook accounts for some NFL teams were hacked as well, according to a report from the BBC. Twitter stated it has locked down the hacked accounts as soon as it came to know about the issue, according to the BBC. It appears that most of the accounts were fully restored. The @OurMine Twitter account listed in the tweets from the hacked accounts has also been suspended.
Take a look at NFL’s full statement-
On Monday, the NFL Cybersecurity department became aware of a breach of a league-related social media account. Targeted breaches and additional failed attempts were discovered across the league and team accounts. The NFL took immediate action and directed the teams to secure their social media accounts and prevent further unauthorized access. Simultaneously, the league alerted the social media platform providers and, with their assistance, secured all-league and club accounts. We continue to work diligently with the teams, which have resumed normal operations.
The NFL and the associated teams are cooperating with law enforcement and its social media platform providers.
ZDNet reported that most of the hacked NFL tweets were sent using a social media tool called Khoros. However, Khoros stated that its platform was not compromised, in a statement published by ZDNet on Monday.
Apparently, social media posts from hacked ESPN accounts posted by OurMine have been already deleted. Here is ESPN’s full statement:
We’re aware some of ESPN’s social media accounts were briefly compromised. We have taken immediate action and are actively working to assess the issue and prevent further unauthorized access.
OurMine also took credit for hacking Instagram and Twitter accounts of the UFC, shortly after hacking ESPN’s accounts.
OurMine has taken responsibility for hacking social media accounts of Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg, and HBO. However, since 2017 there hadn’t been any hack reported by the group. A person who seems to be connected to OurMine told NBC News that OurMine suspended its work in 2017 “due to some issues” and that the recent hacks are symbolizing that the group is now back.
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