Running social media for a major league team got a little more complicated on Thursday when the official Facebook pages for several teams fell victim to hackers in search of a laugh. The New York Yankees were the target of the most prominent prank with the mischief makers informing the team’s 5.9 million Facebook fans that Derek Jeter would be missing the rest of the season due to a sex change operation.
Teams quickly erased the messages, which included the Washington Nationals saying they were moving back to Montreal, the Chicago White Sox claiming they were voting for Mitt Romney over superfan President Barack Obama and the San Diego Padres announcing that their handicapped fans were “STRONGLY DISCOURAGED” from attending games at Petco Park. Deadspin has the complete rundown, which also includes the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins. (Warning: Link contains objectionable language.)
The affected teams later sent out messages notifying fans that the previous posts were false and are looking into the matter. No matter what happens, though, let this be a lesson to all of you that “BASEBALL” is not a very strong password for your Facebook account.
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Hackers conquer several MLB Facebook pages, announce Derek Jeter’s sex change operation