National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell was killed in a death hoax Tuesday after the NFL’s Twitter account was hacked. The false message was soon deleted.
The original tweet read: “We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57. #RIP.” Even though the tweet was removed, it lives online through screenshots.
When NFL spokesman Greg Aiello was asked about the tweet, he told USA Today: “Not true. Hacked.” Brian McCarthy, another spokesperson for the NFL, assured fans that Goodell “is alive and well.”
While reps were dismantling the death hoax, the anonymous hacker was still tweeting from the NFL account. “Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don’t delete that tweet,” one message read. “OK, OK, you amateur detectives win. Good job,” another said.
Adam Schefter, an NFL Insider for ESPN, tried to quash the hoax too. “NFL's Twitter account was hacked. Roger Goodell is working away,” he wrote to his 4.93 million Twitter followers Tuesday. “NFL Twitter account still is being hacked. And Roger Goodell still is alive,” he added.
A slew of celebrity and sports Twitter accounts have been hacked over the past week. “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star Kylie Jenner was hacked, with the cyberattack claiming she wanted Justin Bieber’s c---. Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had his Twitter and Pinterest accounts hacked. He was admonished for not having a strong-enough password.
“This is another perfect example of how humans — even those in the tech field — are inherently bad at making passwords,” LastPass CEO and co-founder Joe Siegrist told the Ringer Tuesday. “I cannot stress enough the importance of creating unique passwords for every account. If you’re not doing this, you’re doing it wrong.”
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