Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Twitter Hacked, Posting Inappropriate Remarks

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Milwaukee Bucks forward and NBA's Most Valuable Player for the 2018-2019 season Giannis Antetokounmpo leaves a Nike store after attending a promotional event, at the Syntagma square in Athens on June 28, 2019. - Speaking at an event in Athens to promote his line of sports shoes, "Greek Freak" Giannis Antetokounmpo said on June 28, 2019 that he would play for Greece at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China this summer.

At 3:26 PM, hackers gained access to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Twitter account. Tweets promoting racism, slander, and rumors of a scenery change, were all posted from his verified/official profile. Twitter (or Giannis) eventually removed the tweets. However, followers were quick to save them to their camera rolls.

The first tweet (racism), 3:26 PM:

The second tweet (slander), 3:29 PM:

The third tweet (racist, again), 3:30 PM:

The fourth tweet (just plain rude), 3:30 PM:

The final tweet (stirring trade rumors), 3:31 PM:

Giannis’ brother Kostas made this statement:

“Giannis’ twitter, phone, email, and bank accounts were hacked! He genuinely apologizes for everything that was tweeted, and he will be back as soon as possible! The things that were said by this hacker were extremely inappropriate and disgusting!”

Kostas Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks announced an investigation is underway. The organization stated, “Giannis Antetokounmpo’s social media accounts were hacked this afternoon and have been taken down. An investigation is underway.”

Hopefully, this addresses the problems of cybersecurity, not just for athletes. o learn more about cybersecurity, visit the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Best of luck to Giannis and his family and anyone affected by this mishap.

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