NFL’s Twitter account is sacked by hackers

Looks like the NFL needs to change its Twitter password.

The league’s official Twitter account was hacked Tuesday with a fake tweet saying Commissioner Roger Goodell had died.


A screenshot of a fake tweet saying NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell died.

“We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57. #RIP.”

The NFL responded quicker than a strong side safety blitz, announcing the league’s Twitter account was hacked. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, who tweeted to confirm the hacking, added that Goodell “is alive and well.”

The hack is the latest involving big-name Twitter accounts, including pop stars Katy Perry, Drake and reality star Kylie Jenner. On Sunday, Ourmine, a hacker group with 41,000 followers on Twitter, claimed to have compromised Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts. In a tweet, the group bragged about the alleged hacks and invited Zuckerberg to contact the group.

The hacks come after LinkedIn said last month more than 100 million members’ email and password combinations had been posted online. The data was taken during a 2012 data breach.

A separate set of 6.5 million encrypted passwords stolen during that attack had previously been posted.

Although the NFL deleted Tuesday’s bogus tweet, the hacker didn’t stop. In a second tweet, the hacker wrote, “Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don’t delete that tweet.”

In a third tweet the hacker gave up, saying, “OK, OK, you amateur detectives win. Good job.”

The hacker’s tweets have been retweeted thousands of times.
No word if Goodell’s Deflategate nemesis, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has seen the bogus tweets.

Goodell, who has been commissioner since 2006, later joked about the matter on Twitter:

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