Official Major League Baseball Facebook pages hacked

While vulnerability management and the importance of regular penetration testing are no laughing matter, every now and then a story appears that highlights the lighter side of cybercrime.

The Facebook pages of several Major League Baseball teams were hacked this morning (August 3) in what appears to have been a co-ordinated attack aimed at embarrassing one of the world's largest sporting organisations.

A series of unauthorised messages were posted by the official pages of such teams as the Chicago Cubs, the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees, ranging from humorous to completely offensive.

While most of the messages have now been taken down, Deadspin.com was quick enough to screenshot the questionable material and several news agencies have now picked up the story.

"We regret to inform our fans that Derek Jeter will miss the rest of the season with sexual reassignment surgery. He promises to come back stronger than ever in 2013 as Minnie Mantlez," reads a message that was posted by the New York Yankees official Facebook page, as revealed by Deadspin.

Much of the other material written by the hackers is not suitable to be repeated here.

The New York Yankees Facebook page has now apologised for the offensive content, noting that the page in question is actually controlled by MLB's Advanced Media division.

"They are looking into the false post in cooperation with Facebook," reads a recent New York Yankees Facebook post.

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