NFL investigates Twitter hack that claimed Roger Goodell had died

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Connie Payton announce the number eight overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft to the Chicago Bears in Chicago Illinois

The NFL is “reviewing and strengthening our cyber-security measures” after its Twitter account was hacked with a post claiming that commissioner Roger Goodell had died.

Around midday Tuesday, a post went up on the league’s official account that read: “We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57,” followed by a hashtag and “RIP.”

NFL Twitter hacked
NFL Twitter hacked Photograph: Twitter

That tweet was soon deleted, as were follow-up tweets that said: “Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don’t delete that tweet,” and, as other Twitter users surmised it was a hack, “OK, OK, you amateur detective win. Good job.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirms the account was hacked and says the league is looking into what happened. He said that Goodell “is alive and well.”

McCarthy said: “We have engaged law enforcement to look into the matter. We are reviewing and strengthening our cyber-security measures.”

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