Hackers target NFL teams on Twitter ahead of Super Bowl


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Several NFL team accounts were hacked ahead of the Super Bowl.

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Several NFL teams had their Twitter accounts hacked on Monday ahead of this weekend’s Super Bowl game. Around 15 teams, including the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, were all targeted. The accounts had their profile images removed and some included messages from OurMine, the Saudi Arabia-based hacker group that appears to be responsible. 

“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.”

A Twitter representative confirmed the accounts were hacked, adding that the social media platform locked the compromised accounts as soon as it learned of the issue and is currently investigating the situation.  

The NFL’s account was also hijacked. Some teams, including the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys, were hacked on Instagram and Facebook, according to CNET sister site ZDNet. Instagram and Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

OurMine has previously hacked the accounts of several high-profile personalities, including tech leaders like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

First published Jan. 27 at 1:46 p.m. PT.
Update, 1:57 p.m.: Adds details about Instagram and Facebook hacks.


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