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Barcelona Twitter account hacked as club 'announce' signing of Angel Di Maria

Barcelona Twitter account hacked as club 'announce' signing of Angel Di Maria”

It's been a nightmare few weeks for Barcelona and it's only getting worse for the Catalan club with their Twitter account hacked on Wednesday.

Di Maria has been linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer transfer window. It was only revealed when the club "welcomed" the signing of Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain. "#DiMariaFCB", the hijacked Twitter account wrote in a series of tweets.

Their official website touts the group as "an elite hacker group known for many hacks showing vulnerabilities in major systems". "And sorry for the hoax".

The group also attempted to get the hashtag #FCBHack trending on the Twitter.

The same thing was posted on the club's official Facebook page as well.

However, the hacker group triggered a rumour, tweeting from FC Barcelons's twitter handle: "Welcome Angel Di Maria to FC Barcelona!"

Over the course of the next hour, the tweets would disappear and reappear on Barcelona's timeline, as a back-and-forth battle between the hackers and the club ensued.

The same team which claims to be a security group had earlier hacked the social media accounts of Sony's PlayStation, besides breaching into high-profile industry bigwigs such as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sundar Pichai and Twitter's Dick Costolo in 2016.

Barcelona have since regained control of the account and acknowledge the breach. "Thanks for your patience".

They have also not spared websites like Variety, TechCrunch and BuzzFeed. The latest embarassment comes just this afternoon as Barca's social media accounts were hacked into.

IBTimes UK has reached out to OurMine for comment.



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