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Over a dozen US National Football League (NFL) teams have had their social media accounts hacked.


The teams include San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, who will compete in the Super Bowl Championship on 2nd February 2020.


Hacking group “OurMine” took responsibility for the attack, saying it only wants to prove internet security was “still low” and needs improvement.


In all, 15 US National Football League teams had their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter account compromised.


Twitter also says that the attacks were carried out using third-party platforms.


NFL Teams Hacked
OurMine reached out to the NFL ahead of the hackings to help improve the League’s security. Photo: JMUsports


The authorities said, “as soon as we were made aware of the issue, we locked the compromised accounts and are working closely with our partners at the NFL to restore them.

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Most of the accounts had similar posts announcing there return:


“Hi, we’re back. We are here to show people that everything is hackable.”


For some of the accounts, their profile pictures or headers were deleted or changed. Twitter took down the twitter account belonging to OurMine in response.

OurMine claims hack is to help improve the NFL Teams’ security

The BBC reports that OurMine initially reached out to the NFL ahead of the hackings to help improve the league’s security. However, the NFL had not responded to the request.


The group has also hacked popular Twitter accounts. Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai, Netflix, Marvel, and Jack Dorsey, Founder of Twitter had been victims.


It once even hacked Buzzfeed’s website.


The first attack began after a tweet to the Chicago football team, the Bears. Then followed a post on the team’s Twitter account saying a Saudi Arabian official had bought the club. It also posted that it was trading a prized player for just $1 (£0.76) to the chagrin of fans.


The compromised 15 NFL teams are; the Arizona Cardinals; Buffalo Bills; the Chicago Bears; the Cleveland Browns; the Dallas Cowboys; the Denver Broncos; Green Bay Packers; Houston Texans; Indianapolis Colt; the Kansas City Chiefs; the Los Angeles Chargers; the New York Giants; the Philadelphia Eagles; the San Francisco 49ers; and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


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