The official twitter accounts for the Olympics and the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) media Twitter account were hacked on Saturday by the same group widely known for other Twitter account hacks.
Global news reports that the accounts were hacked through a third-party platform, a spokesperson for the social media platform said in an emailed statement, without giving further details.
The spokesperson said: “As soon as we were made aware of the issue, we locked the compromised accounts and are working closely with our partners to restore them,”
A spokesperson for the IOC separately said that the IOC was investigating the potential breach.
“The IOC can confirm that it is investigating a potential breach into some of its social accounts,” a spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee said in a statement.
FC Barcelona also confirmed a hack through a tweet on Saturday.
They tweeted: “FC Barcelona will conduct a cybersecurity audit and will review all protocols and links with third party tools, in order to avoid such incidents and to guarantee the best service to our members and fans,”
In tweets that were posted and quickly deleted, OurMine claimed responsibility for the Saturday hacks.
“Hi, we are OurMine,” the since-deleted tweet from the Olympics Twitter account read. “Everything is hackable.”