NFL Twitter hacked, posts Goodell fake death announcement

NFL Twitter hacked, posts Goodell fake death announcement

Recently there have been some hacking incidents of famous personalities. Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked and now the NFL’s official Twitter account has been hacked. The NFL account even posted a fake announcement about Commissioner Roger Goodell having died.

Goodell on his own Twitter account has joked about the incident, ESPN reports. The NFL though is treating the incident seriously. In a statement Brian McCarthy, the NFL Vice-President of Communications said that they have contacted law enforcement to look into the matter. He also said that the league will look into much stronger cyber-security measures.

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The post about Goodell’s supposed death came up midday Tuesday but has been taken down just minutes after being posted, The Daily Mail says. Two other tweets from the NFL account came up but were soon deleted as well.

While Goodell was able to joke about the incident, several people also joked about the announcement, as NESN states. Many have joked about him dying and then coming back to life. Some of the jokes came from famous personalities themselves who made light of the incident.

Many of the followers of the NFL account have not taken the announcement seriously, in part because of the hacker’s next tweets themselves. The NFL Twitter account has 19.2 million followers which would normally take much of what is announced there seriously.

“Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don’t delete that tweet,” read the following tweet on the NFL account shortly after the fake Goodell death announcement has been taken off. Another tweet from the hacker soon came up but was deleted just as soon also.

No one has yet to claim responsibility for the hacking incident unlike that which happened with Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts. A group calling itself OurMine Team has claimed responsibility for hacking his account, as the Wall Street Journal said about it. Whether the same group or another one is involved with the NFL Twitter incident has yet to be determined.

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