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Bears Twitter Gets Hacked, Khalil Mack “Traded” for $1
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The Chicago Bears are too often the franchise we love to make fun of. Bears fans will never forget the devastating double-doink missed field goal in the 2018 NFC Wild Card game that spurred them to make death threats to kicker Cody Parkey.

Do I even need to mention that the franchise drafted Mitchell Trubisky ahead of Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey and Jamal Adams? The only thing the Bears have done right in the last five or so years is trade for Khalil Mack (what the hell were you thinking, Jon Gruden?)

It wouldn’t surprise anyone if the Bears turned around and traded their star linebacker for a measly $1, which is precisely what they tried to do on Sunday a week before the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs meet in the Super Bowl.

Bears Hackers Traded Khalil Mack For $1

OK, not actually. But it sure looked like Mack was on clearance for the low, low price of $1 and a sixth-rounder if you were scrolling through the team’s tweets Sunday morning.

It turns out the official Chicago Bears Twitter account was hacked by a Saudi-based group called OurMine. The group took credit for compromising the NFL team’s social media account and said it did so to “show people that everything was hackable” before plugging an email address and offering account security services.

Of course, the hackers had some fun before revealing who they were.

Bears Hackers Announced a New Owner

First they announced that Saudi Arabian royal court adviser Turki Al-Sheikh was taking over as the new owner of the Bears. They even tagged his account @turki_alalshikh, which has 3.8 million followers. No comment yet from Virginia McCaskey, the 97-year-old owner whose family has owned the team since 1921.

After announcing the change of ownership, the hackers then quote tweeted a tweet from the Pride of Detroit, SB Nation’s Detroit Lions fan blog. It asked the Bears for their five-time Pro Bowl linebacker and 2016 Defensive Player of the Year for a sixth-round pick.

Thankfully for Bears fans, Twitter is not legally binding.

Shortly before 1 p.m. ET, the Bears official Twitter account appeared to be back in the hands of its social media people (hopefully after changing its password). It posted photos of Bears players Kyle Fuller, Eddie Jackson and Cordarrelle Patterson’s Pro Bowl jerseys and mourned the death of Kobe Bryant. The security issue was resolved, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“Apologies that our account was compromised this morning. We’re back in the game & ready for the Pro Bowl,” the Bears account tweeted at 12:43 p.m. ET.

Let’s be honest, Martha Ford had to have been behind this.

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Patrick Pinak About the author:
Patrick has spent parts of the last four years covering University of Florida athletics and spent two seasons with Major League Baseball. He's a baseball junkie who spends his days defending Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. A recent Gator grad, Patrick currently resides in Gainesville, Florida.
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