Twitter and Facebook Accounts of NFL Teams Hijacked

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The social media accounts of almost half of the National Football League teams were hijacked by the hacker group OurMine. 

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts of National Football League and some of its popular team’s, were hacked on Monday, with profile pictures disappearing or headers changed or deleted. The first team to be exposed appeared to be the Chicago Bears, on Sunday. 

Tweets posted by the OurMine crew on the hijacked accounts posted, “Hi, we are back” and “we are here to show people that everything is hackable.”

The accounts of 15 NFL teams that got hijacked included:

  • Denver Broncos (Twitter account)
  • Chicago Bears (Twitter account)
  • Arizona Cardinals (Twitter account)
  • Cleveland Browns (Twitter account)
  • Green Bay Packers (Twitter account)
  • Houston Texans (Twitter account)
  • Indianapolis Colts (Twitter account)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (Twitter account)
  • New York giants (Twitter account)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (Twitter account)
  • San Francisco 49ers Twitter account)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Twitter account)
  • Buffalo Bills (Instagram and Facebook accounts)
  • Dallas Cowboys (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts)
  • Minnesota Vikings (Instagram account)

“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,” NFL said in a statement.

OurMine, the group behind the hack is active since 2016 and is  familiar for their ability to hack social media accounts of high-profile celebrities and tech CEOs, such as Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, FC Barcelona,  just to name a few.

An official for Twitter confirmed the hacks and told The Hill that “as soon as we were made aware of the issue, we locked the compromised accounts. We are currently investigating the situation.”

“We are investigating and working to secure and restore access to any impacted accounts,” said a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram.

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