UM sports Facebook pages hacked twice

Lauren Abdel-Razzaq and Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
The first of the posts appeared at around 3:30 a.m. with the “Most Extreme Selfies You’ll Ever See.”

The University of Michigan’s Facebook pages for the football team, basketball team and athletics pages appear to have been hacked twice Wednesday in two separate incidents, with posts about risqué stories involving Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus and other celebrities.

The first of the posts appeared at around 3:30 a.m. with the “Most Extreme Selfies You’ll Ever See.” The pages were restored by 9 a.m.

But then the pages were hacked again around noon.

Posts followed every few minutes throughout the morning, including posts about stars without underwear on the red carpet, tattooed moms and Miley Cyrus twerking on Santa Claus.

“We are aware and are working with our partners to resolve the issue,” Associate Athletic Director Kurt Svoboda told The News Wednesday morning.

Confused Facebook followers posted comments asking why the Michigan Football team would be posting such stories.

“Come on U of M! You can’t have “Suckeyes” as all of your passwords,” wrote follower Spenser Anderson.

Added follower Nick Zomer: “I think ohio has been doing some trolling.”

The university addressed the issue on its Twitter feed shortly before 8 a.m.

“Fans of U-M Athletics: We want to acknowledge that our Facebook pages for Michigan Football, Basketball, and Athletics have been hacked,” the school tweeted. “Please be patient with us as we work diligently to get this resolved.”

The second round of posts were removed by 1 p.m.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m. the university released this statement on its Facebook accounts.

"Our partners at Facebook have advised us that our social pages are now stable. Out of extreme caution we will monitor all of our platforms throughout the evening and hope to return to normal operations shortly.

We suggest a computer scan for anyone who has clicked on any third-party link from our Michigan Athletics, football or men’s basketball pages between the hours of 3am and 4pm today. We have no indication that any of our other Michigan accounts across all social platforms have been compromised.

Thanks once again for your continued support and patience. ‪#‎GoBlue‬"

Many fans blamed Ohio State or Michigan State. But some took the opportunity to look for a job.

“Hey there U of M Admin,” follower Zach Phillips wrote on Facebook. “If you’re looking for a new social media specialist, I’m your guy!!”

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