The social media accounts of America’s National Football League (NFL) and more than a dozen teams have been hacked.
With less than a week until the Super Bowl, the Twitter accounts for 15 of the league’s teams were hacked on Sunday and Monday.
Chicago Bears, was the first team to be compromised, with their Twitter account @ChicagoBears being hacked on Sunday Morning at 08:40 am.
Other hacked teams included, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Chiefs, 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texas, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers.
Alongside the teams, the NFL’s official Twitter account was also compromised.
The hacker group, OurMine has claimed responsibility for the hack. Many of the hacked NFL tweets announced that the collective is “back” and that “everything is hackable.” OurMine has previously targeted The New York Times, HBO and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
“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 wrote in a statement.
“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.”