The Bears’ Twitter account @ChicagoBears, with more than 1.8 million followers, was overtaken Sunday morning by hackers.
The first tweet indicated the team had been purchased by Saudi advisor Turki Alalshikh. That tweet was quickly deleted and replaced with two tweets announcing the hackers, OurMine, and sharing their email and website information.
The hackers then replied to a tweet from Detroit lions fan account @PrideofDetroit, which responded to one of their tweets asking if new ownership would trade Khalil Mack to the rivals.
Coming off one of their most disappointing seasons ever, as you might imagine, the Bears, err OurMine, are receiving some pretty funny tweet replies. One mentioned that the Bears probably shouldn’t use 1985Bears as their password, while another had an alternate suggestion for the hackers and how they could really rile up the fan base and move the needle — by tweeting that the team was cutting Mitch Trubisky.
It’s worth noting this is not a funny situation, of course, but it does appear the hackers’ intent was marketing-driven.
The NFL’s charter franchise just celebrated its 100th year and remains under the ownership of Virginia McCaskey, the daughter of team founder George Halas.