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Ex-Bama Lineman Fluker Says Twitter Feed Hacked, But How Prevalent Is Hacking?

As you might have seen in our headlines package today, former Alabama offensive lineman DJ Fluker posted the following message on Twitter early this morning:

 

fluker tweet

 

The tweet was quickly taken down but the deed was done.  Half the people up after midnight — and studying Twitter? — caught it, took a screengrab of it, or retweeted it.  Fluker’s agent then said his client’s Twitter feed had been hacked.

Everyone in crimson pajamas said, “Hell, yeah, it was hacked!”

Auburn fans collapsed in fits of transcendental joy.

Everyone else pretty much just scoffed at the idea that the big guy’s feed was hacked.

So just how realistic is the “I was hacked” defense?  Well, Twitter is having problems with miscreants hacking into the accounts of some of the biggest companies and brands in America.  So much so that Twitter is hiring new security personnel.  There are also numerous smartphone apps on the market that can be used to help hack Twitter and other social media accounts.  (UPDATE — The Associated Press’ Twitter feed was hacked just today.)

In other words, it’s quite possible someone could have hacked into Fluker’s account (of all people).  And posted a fake tweet from him (after midnight).

His account is currently down so anyone hoping to do a writing comparison between the above post and previous Fluker tweets is out of luck.

For now, the “I was hacked” defense does hold water because it’s certainly possible for folks to waste their energies and time on such projects.  But the reality is your belief in the defense put forth by Fluker’s agent will likely depend upon whether you’re a Crimson Tide fan or not.

Fluker is a potential first-round pick in this week’s NFL draft.

 

UPDATE – Fluker’s agent, Deryk Gilmore, has said this morning: “We know who did this.  This is totally fiction, but I’m waiting to get some proof.  I’ve been on the phone with Twitter.”

 


4 comments
MoKelly1
MoKelly1

Just ask AP today how easy it is to hack Twitter accounts.

I4Bama
I4Bama

DJ Fluker's agent's words (and I couldn't agree more):

Gilmore was asked if he understands the toxicity of the Alabama-Auburn rivalry.

“I don’t care about it, man,” he said. “We’ve got people getting blown up in Boston. Bigger things.

“Come on now. This was a kid who was in Hurricane Katarina, who’s been poor all his life, who’s done everything the right way. He could have done everything the wrong way, OK? Let’s root for this kid. Let’s not beat him up.”

Clarence
Clarence

Usually, the "hacker" is a friend or family member who sees your phone or computer open to your Twitter and sends out a message.  I bet that's what happened here.  No computer geeks involved.

I4Bama
I4Bama

For all you UFO and bigfoot believers out there, which is more probable:

A potential first-round draft choice drops a bomb two days before the draft, unprovoked and out of the blue, with no apparent motivation, in the process burning all of his bridges to his alma mater, and it incidentally happens a week or so after two big stories on allegations at Auburn,

OR

His account was hacked?

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