It was a usual evening among fans, when all of a sudden, Barcelona's Twitter feed announced the signing of Angel Di Maria. The news came as a shock to all of the team's supporters, not only because the player's signing had only been a rumor, but especially because the announcement came at 03:00 a.m. CEST, an unusual time to unveil such an awaited signing.
Tweets from @fcbarcelona , @fcbarcelona_es , and the team's Facebook page were hacked by an organisation named "Our Mine Security Group", which held the team's feeds "ransom" until further action could be taken. This group apologized for the hoax, while asking fans to make the hashtag #FCBHack a trending topic.
Here are the pictures that prove Barcelona's Twitter feed being hacked.
This is how the team's Facebook page looked like as it was being hacked.
After more than two hours, Barcelona's community managers admitted their accounts had been overtaken.
Our accounts have been hacked tonight.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 23, 2017
We’re working to solve the problem as soon as possible.
Thanks for your patience.
And of course, supporters from all teams reacted to this story with mixed views.
Club went from wining the treble occasionally to losing Neymar,being desperate to sign Coutinho and now getting hack, finished club.#FCBHack— (@ASAHPROCKY) August 23, 2017
"FC Barcelona people: Give us €200M and all your accounts will be restored."
— Jose Claros (@JCLAROS_) August 23, 2017
"Barcelona's defense on social media doesn't work either"
La defensa en barcelona no funciona ni en las redes sociales #FCBHack
— Andres Caraballo (@Andrescar3031) August 23, 2017