The supposedly white hat group, OurMine is targeting high profile social media accounts lately. The newest victim of this cyber-attack was Barcelona’s star player Lionel Messi. The Twitter handle of Real Madrid team was compromised on Saturday. And, it had announced a signing of Messi, the capital team’s eternal rival.
The tweet had been accompanied by a video showing Messi scoring for his team against Real Madrid. This hack of Messi joining the Real Madrid team went viral rapidly. It showed up more than 2800 likes.
In the first 45 minutes of the post being put up, the re-tweets soared up by 27000. Ironically it proves how famous the FC Barcelona footballer is. It might be that people do appreciate considering their two stars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, together in a team.
— Zellag Lamine (@LamineZellag) August 26, 2017
The post had been uploaded by 5:30 a.m. BST. Real’s Twitter handle read: “Benvingut Messi! Bienvenido Messi! Welcome Messi! Bienvenue Messi! #Messi.”
OurMine have claimed this virtual hack and symbolic of the attack proved how weak the internet security is. A series of tweets flowed out from their part. It was described as: “Internet security is shit and we proved that.”
Only three days prior to this hack, the Barcelona team had suffered the same fate. This was a case of another security breach. It linked Argentina’s midfielder, Ángel Di María of a hoax team up with the Barcelona strikers. This was another of OurMine’s mischievous attack.
Real Madrid’s 8 million followers got to witness the hacked account bearing the bewildering post on 26 August.
However, the post could survive only for about 90 minutes on ground. Following which it had been deleted. It disappeared, thenceforth, from Real’s English and Spanish language feeds. Although the club’s Japanese account still displayed the persistent post up to 7:30 a.m. BST.