As reported by BBC News, more than a dozen teams in the US National Football League have had their social media accounts hacked. The teams included the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, who will compete in the Super Bowl Championship on 2 February. The hacking group OurMine took responsibility for the attack, which said it was to show internet security was “still low” and had to be improved.
Jake Moore, Cybersecurity Specialist at ESET:
“Yet again, we are seeing that social media accounts owned by famous people are still highly targeted and users need to be aware of the simple procedures to help better protect their accounts. Criminal hackers use extremely clever methods to gain entry to online accounts, but this risk can be mitigated if the right actions are taken.
If there is one app everyone should download (particularly celebrities and other highly targeted people), it would be an authenticator app. This is one of the best ways to quickly increase security to online accounts and you don’t have to be a cyber security professional to set it up either. Once connected to the account, only that device will be allowed access to it, meaning that even if one’s password is compromised, the account still shouldn’t be able to be hacked. Then, it is worth revoking access to your account from other third-party platforms which do not offer this form of two factor authentication.”