IPL franchise Royal Challengers Banglore’s official Twitter account was hacked on Saturday. The shocking incident resulted in hackers changing the display picture and also altered the profile name to ‘Bored Ape Yacht Club’.
In no time, followers got a hint of the situation when they saw the NFT-related tweets from it posted on their timelines. The hackers even retweeted some other NFT related users.
In an official statement released by the franchise read: "RCB's Twitter handle was compromised around 4 am on 21st January 2023 and we have lost access to the account for the time being. This unfortunate incident happened beyond our control despite taking all security measures recommended by Twitter. We do not endorse or support any of the tweets/retweets that happened from our handle today and we regret the inconvenience caused. We are working with the Twitter support team to resolve this at the earliest. We'll be back soon."
Hacking has become a serious cybercrime, however, some tend to go overboard with their humour as the shocking incident has sparked yet another meme fest since Saturday
— Vasudevan K S | வாசுதேவன் கீ ஸ்ரீ 🇮🇳 (@VasudevanKS4) January 21, 2023
and users cannot help but laugh over the funny tweets.
“RCB Twitter handle hacked.. team toh already hacked hai.. account bhi nahi sambhal pa rahe,” tweeted one user.
RCB Twitter handle hacked.. team toh already hacked hai.. account bhi nahi sambhal pa rahe— sudhanshu' (@whoshud) January 21, 2023
— Dharnish ◢ ◤ (@Doom_Guyy) January 21, 2023
“Someone hacked rcb's account and is now nft-ing their whole page,” posted another fan.
“RCB brought nothing but shame to the City. One of the most successful teams in domestic circuit, but 0 trophies in IPL. IT Hub, but their own account gets hacked,” wrote another fan.
“Karachi Kings now have a serious competition from another contender for title of the worst managed social media account for a franchise cricket team. Enter RCB who managed to get themselves hacked by Bored Ape Yacht Club,” tweeted another user.
To avoid the spread of confusion or humour, RCB has limited its access to the comments section on its posts. Interestingly, this is not the first occasion when RCB's account has been hacked.
In September 2021, the account was hacked and the franchise were able to restore it.