Barcelona football club's Twitter account hacked

Ruben Hill
August 23, 2017

Barcelona Twitter account had sen the entire football fraternity into a franzy after one of their tweets confirmed the signing of former Real Madrid star Angel di Maria from Paris Saint Germain.

With the club desperately looking to sign a replacement for Neymar with Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembélé heavily linked, the hacker's first tweet grabbed everyone's attention before they pretty quickly admitted it was a hack.

The tweet continuously disappeared and then reappeared on Barcelona's timeline over the course of the next hour as the club tried to regain control of their account from the hackers. "We're working to solve the problem as soon as possible".

In 2016, OurMine hacked the social media accounts of a number of high-profile figures including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sundar Pichai, Twitter's Dick Costolo and Sony's Shuhei Yoshida among others.

"It had been a trying 24 hours for the Blaugrana, as on Tuesday the club announced they were suing Neymar after alleging the Brazilian failed to fulfil his agreement with the team", the report noted.

The hacker group followed up the false announcement with its own signature message claiming responsibility for the hack and asking the club to contact them directly.

A few minutes after "announcing" Di Maria, a third post reading "Let's get #FCBHack trending on Twitter" appeared. The latest embarassment comes just this afternoon as Barca's social media accounts were hacked into. The group has also previously targeted the websites of several media outlets such as Variety, TechCrunch and BuzzFeed as well.

A report in the Wired in July quoted an anonymous member of the group saying that their string of tech executives' embarrassment "is only its way of teaching us all a helpful lesson".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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