Greek basketball player Giánnis Antetokoúnmpo, star of the Milwaukee Bucks, was the victim of a hack on Thursday evening. Several obscene messages were published without his knowledge. However, the return to normal happened quickly.
A false announcement of Covid-19 contamination, insults, racist insults and many other obscene remarks, in particular with regard to LeBron James, Stephen Curry and even Kobe Bryant. These are the types of messages that were posted on the Twitter account of Giannis Antetokoúnmpo, in the evening of this Thursday, as RMC Sport could see.
The Greek basketball player of the Milauwkee Bucks, who has a million subscribers on the social network with the blue bird, did not suddenly decide to adopt an illicit behavior, but was victim of a computer hacking. His agent confirmed this to an ESPN journalist.
A false departure announcement
The perpetrator, if he was alone, did not only take advantage of the situation to post derogatory tweets (which we will spare you taking into account the insults uttered). He also posted a fake message, announcing the 25-year-old’s departure for the Golden State Warriors. What surf the rumors mentioned by the American press of a transfer to the franchise in San Francisco. But for the time being, it is not so.
The 2019 NBA MVP is not the first public figure, or the first sportsperson, to lose control of their Twitter account. Recently, FC Barcelona was targeted by a group of pirates known for this type of crime. As a reminder, the choice of a strong password and the use of connection by double authentication (confirmation by sending an SMS for example) allow limit the risks to be the victim of a malicious internet user.