On Wednesday, October 4th, news broke that an online data breach victimized over 1,000 current and former players in the National Football League. According to reports, the NFL Player’s Association was targeted, which contains sensitive information of NFL players including phone numbers and addresses.
Fox reported that 1,133 players were affected in total, at risk of their personal information being leaked. Thankfully, the breach did not affect financial information or social security numbers.
One of the victims was the former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick—well-known for starting the Take a Knee movement, protesting police brutality and racial inequality during the national anthem. Following his protests, Kaepernick still remains a free agent as of the beginning of October 2017.
As Fox mentioned, this is actually very concerning since Kaepernick has received death threats in response to his protesting method. Majority of players that were affected by the hacking were not revealed to the public.
According to Forbes, the leak was discovered by a cybersecurity company. Hackers were successful in opening the database, giving themselves access to all of the information, and threatened to leak everything online if they were not given payment.
Hackers reportedly asked for .1 bitcoin, a newer form of currency, as ransom. This is equivalent to only $427, which is surprisingly very low for someone targeting the NFL. Regardless, no one is believed to have paid the ransom as of early Wednesday morning.
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This news comes shortly after the massive data breaches with two large companies—Equifax and Yahoo. Equifax’s 2017 breach affected more than 145 million consumers, putting sensitive information at risk including forms of identity. Yahoo’s hacking took place a few years ago, but a recent investigation revealed that 3 billion people, which equivalates to every Yahoo account, was potentially impacted.
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