Giannis Antetokounmpo is the latest sporting superstar that’s had their social media accounts hacked. Last Thursday afternoon, a series of ‘uncharacteristic’ tweets streamed out from the verified account, which Giannis has now regained control of, and apologized for the inappropriate messages.
The hacker spewed a series of hate-filled texts, including racist language, an assertion that Antetokounmpo had been diagnosed with coronavirus, shot disrespecting language towards the late NBA star Kobe Bryant — Antetokounmpo’s basketball idol — and multiple false and crass statements about other NBA players. Antetokounmpo’s agent reportedly confirmed his client had been hacked, and the Bucks announced that an investigation was underway.
In the last year or so, there’s been a considerable spike in cyberattacks, and I’m sure everyone has, or will be, hacked at some point-in-time. But for the life of me, I still can’t understand how this is still a thing. People actually want to insert themselves into another account and puke up some ridiculous statements or information. What’s the gain from this? I looked around, trying to figure out why a person would want to do this, and the only real answer I could find was to steal or leak information.
I can understand targeting a huge profile like Giannis to build popularity, but people immediately knew it wasn’t the MVP, and he regained control of his account after 10-or-15 minutes. It probably took a considerable amount of effort in gaining access, and then to just blurt out a vast amount of ludicrous statements? Hey hackers, why not try something a little more straightforward, like one single tweet, stating that the MVP is moving to the MLB?
Catch you Thursday.