With enough talent and time, a dedicated and unscrupulous hacker can foil pretty much any security system. Apparently, one did that today to a host of MLB teams, just to be a dope.
Deadspin has the children's treasury of hacked posts from MLB teams, but here's the rundown of the rogue statuses:
- Yankees "announce" Derek Jeter will miss rest of 2012, undergo gender reassignment surgery, return as "Minnie Mantlez."
- Cubs "express displeasure" with Bill Murray.
- Giants "express displeasure" with "Chick-fil-A guy."
- White Sox "call" Sox fan Barack Obama "#MuslimPresident."
- Marlins "offer" free pitbulls to fans.
- Padres "discourage" the disabled from coming to games.
- Nationals "announce" move back to Montreal.
In order, those are: childishly transphobic; kind of funny, though mean to a very sweet baseball fan; interested in making an organization that supports gay rights look bad, so probably homophobic; childishly racist; callous, and maybe a little racist; ableist and mean; mean, but sort of funny.
I guess there's a thrill in breaking into someone's Internet home, eating food, leaving dirty dishes lying around and leaving the door and window wide open for the world to see. And the hacker and the kind of person who finds the fake statues here funny are likely not exactly all that different.
But mostly, I just feel bad for the people who were in charge of the passwords on those accounts, the ones who have been made to look awful by a jerk. (I'm going to go check my own passwords now, too.)
And I feel bad for the hacker. You don't have better jokes than ones that reveal you to be awful? Making the Yankees account say "NOMAH'S BETTAH" would have been funnier.