FC Barcelona and the International Olympic Committee Twitter accounts hacked

The popular hacker group OurMine has hacked the official Twitter account of the FC Barcelona, along with the accounts of Olympics and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The popular hacker group has hacked the official Twitter account of the FC Barcelona, along with the accounts of and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

On Saturday, the popular hacker collective Ourminehas hijacked the official Twitter accounts of FC Barcelona, the Olympics and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This is the second time that the Barcelona FC has lost the control of its account, in 2017, the Spanish team had both its Facebook and Twitter accounts defaced by the same hacker group.

OurMine have hacked the official Barcelona and Olympic Twitter accounts and posted these tweets pic.twitter.com/1WEzLemTvl— UTFR (@ManUtd_HQ) February 15, 2020The hackers hijacked the official Barcelona and Olympic Twitter accounts and posted some tweets to claim responsibility for the hack.

“Hi, we are OurMine,” states the tweet from the Barcelona account. “Wel, we read some private messages and it look like Neymar will back here.”

The hackers also shared an email address where they can be contacted to request support for improving the security of the victims’ accounts.

The incident was confirmed by the Barcelona FC and by the International Olympic Committee.

FC Barcelona’s Twitter accounts have been hacked, which is why messages from outside our club have appeared, and which have been reported and deleted. The tweets were made through a third-party tool for data analytics.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 15, 2020A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider that both the Olympics and FC Barcelona accounts were hacked by a group called OurMine and through a “third-party platform.” 

“As soon as we were made aware of the issue, we locked the compromised accounts and are working closely with our partners to restore them,” a Twitter spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider. 

“The IOC can confirm that it is investigating a potential breach into some of its social accounts,” read a statement from a spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee. 

The Business Insider speculates the hack occurred via a third-party platform.

“In an email to Business Insider, OurMine confirmed it was behind the cyberattacks against both FC Barcelona and the Olympics. The group, which it said consisted of 5 people, told Business Insider it chooses its targets at random.” continues the Business Insider. “It confirmed it used a third-party app to access the accounts.”

Immediately after the hack, Twitter locked both accounts.

OurMine is back after a period of silence, earlier this year the group hijacked the official Twitter accounts of 15 NFL teams and the league itself. Last week the group also hacked the Twitter and Instagram accounts for Facebook and Messenger.

To secure your social media account enable two-factor authentication (2FA) when it is implemented by the service.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Barcelona FC)

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