Cricket South Africa's Twitter account sells bitcoin lottery; ICC says account hacked

CSA recovered the account later after being hacked.

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The official Twitter handle of South African cricket board (@OfficialCSA) was hacked on Monday. There were multiple tweets from the account which had no relation to cricket. In fact, it was to sell bitcoin lottery.

The first tweet was posted at 4:20 AM IST. The tweet read, “@OfficialCSA is partnering with @lunomoney for the first South African Bitcoin Lottery. Simply send 0,01 BTC to 13My18T92DCzGdrtiCgRuS32T6rFLjnG56 and your BTC Wallet Address will be entered into a BTC Lottery for 20BTC (That’s Over R1Mil). Lottery closes at 15 Jan @ 10 PM.” It continued later in the morning with two more posts at 9 AM IST. 

Soon, Cricket South Africa resolved the issue and came up with an announcement for their fans at 11:23 AM IST. “And… we’re back! Apologies to all our Twitter followers who were affected by the hack overnight. We are back in control & ready to bring you what promises to be an even more eventful Day 4 of Test cricket. Thank you to our friends at the @ICC for your assistance this morning.”

International Cricket Council (ICC) also warned fans of the error and asked fans not to engage with the account. 

“Please be aware that the @OfficialCSA Twitter account has been compromised. Our friends in South Africa are working hard to resolve the situation quickly. Please do not click on any links or engage with the account until such time as this is rectified,” wrote ICC in the tweet.

Meanwhile, Alistair Hogg, Digital Content Manager at ICC, also shared that they reached out to the social media service to sort out the issue. He wrote in reply to a user, “Their account was compromised overnight. We are working with Twitter to sort it out.”


By Sihyeu Singh - 14 Jan, 2019

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