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This article was published on June 7, 2016

NFL Twitter account hacked, used to (falsely) announce death of commissioner Goodell

NFL Twitter account hacked, used to (falsely) announce death of commissioner Goodell
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A Twitter troll somehow managed to gain access to the National Football League’s official Twitter account (@NFL) today. In his brief window of control, the hacker used the account to (falsely) announce the death of commissioner Roger Goodell before NFL PR representative Brian McCarthy intervened.

In the time the account was compromised, it followed one Twitter user whose account is now suspended. Presumably, the suspended account belongs to the hacker himself, and he was even kind enough to let us know the old password (which was much stronger than Mark Zuckerberg’s, who also got Twitter hacked this week).

The NFL has since regained control of its account, Twitter suspended the suspected hacker, Roger Goodell was resurrected from the dead, and all is right in the world.