Sportsnet's Hockey Central's Twitter account fell victim to hackers last week. They're not the first media outlet to have their Twitter account breached by hackers but they might be the first to not notice that something was amiss for five days.
The account, @SNhockeycentral, with more than 15,000 followers, has been spewing pornographic links since Saturday, reported Deadspin and a number of other blogs. The network regained control of their account on Wednesday morning and quickly apologized.
Our apologies for the recent activity, our account was compromised and we have rectified the situation. Sorry to those directly affected.— Hockey Central (@SNHockeyCentral) May 29, 2013
The dozens of pornographic links have also been deleted.
Yahoo! Canada's Andrew Bucholtz has collected some of the tweets and needless to say they are probably not safe for work.
What's worse is that a number of users sent tweets to Sportsnet telling them about the twitter account had been hacked.
@snhockeycentral has been hacked. Hilarious.— Joey Giovannitti (@Hab_It_All) May 29, 2013
@snhockeycentral just got a porn link from your twitter. I think you may have been hacked— Ian MacIsaac (@imacisaac) May 25, 2013
Sportsnet can take solace in the fact they're in good media company. The BBC, the Financial Times and joke site the Onion have been victims of hackers. Twitter finally rolled out two-factor authentication this month to improve security and curb hacking.
A hack of the Associated Press twitter feed briefly caused a stock market crash in April. But the Sportsnet twitter hacking resulted only in some cheeky remarks from hockey fans and at least one parody account.
Hey @snhockeycentral! Im drippin wet... from all this rain. U got an umbrella 4 me? :)— Alex Semin (@alexsemin) May 29, 2013