The official Twitter account for FC Barcelona was hacked in a likely credential-stuffing attack on Saturday.
Notorious hacking collective OurMine took credit for the attack, announcing on Twitter: “Hi we are OurMine. Well, we read some private messages and it look like Neymar will back here.”
This the second time OurMine has targeted FC Barcelona, with the first time dating back to 2017 where its Twitter and Facebook pages were attacked. OurMine added that the team’s security level is “better but still not the best.”
Once the team regained control of its account, it disclosed that the hacked tweets had been made through a third-party tool for data analytics.
FC Barcelona has announced that it will conduct a cyber security audit and review all its protocols and links with third-party tools, in order to avoid future incidents and “guarantee the best service to our members and fans.”
It is likely that the account was hacked by a credential-stuffing attack, whereby bots utilise leaked or stolen access credentials from data breaches, and hammer the sites with multiple login attempts.
The collective made headlines earlier this year after hacking into the social media accounts of America’s National Football League (NFL) and the Twitter accounts for 15 of the league’s teams, in addition to hacking into Facebook’s social media accounts.
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