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Chiefs among NFL social media accounts hacked Monday

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Posted at 3:32 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 09:34:26-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs Twitter account appeared to have fallen to hackers on Monday.

Around 12:30 p.m., a tweet shared from the account read, "Hi, we're Back (OurMine.) We are here to Show people that everything is hackable..."

The tweet was apparently deleted by the Chiefs organization, but was posted again at least six more times by the hackers.

Eventually the Chiefs profile and header photos were removed from the account, supposedly by the hackers.

The Green Bay Packers fell victim to the same hack, with the same tweet showing up on their account and their photos also being removed.

The hackers' Twitter account claimed they also got ahold of the main NFL Twitter and Facebook, as well as the Packers' Facebook.

The same photo and tweet issues were not visible on the NFL Twitter account.

By 1:30, p.m., the hackers had got to Chiefs Super Bowl opponents, the San Francisco 49ers, as well.

They went further with that Twitter account, even removing the team's name and biography.

As of 5 p.m., the hackers appeared to still have access to both the 49ers and Packers Twitter accounts.

The Chiefs appeared to have regained control of their account just before 5 p.m.

The hackers' Twitter account was suspended some time before 5 p.m.

This comes ahead of the Chiefs appearance in Super Bowl LIV.

41 Action News reached out to the Chiefs. The team hadn't responded as of 6:00 p.m.

The NFL released a statement Tuesday:

On Monday, the NFL Cybersecurity department became aware of a breach of a league-related social media account. Targeted breaches and additional failed attempts were discovered across the league and team accounts. The NFL took immediate action and directed the teams to secure their social media accounts and prevent further unauthorized access. Simultaneously, the league alerted the social media platform providers and, with their assistance, secured all league and club accounts. We continue to work diligently with the teams, which have resumed normal operations.

The NFL and teams are cooperating with its social media platform providers and law enforcement.