Our X Account Was Hacked? An Investigation For The (Social) Ages
One of the internet’s worst social-media leeches may have been exposed - again - thanks to The Caps Off crew.
Caps Off’s Felipe Fontes believes that notorious content aggregator Dov Kleiman apparently (and illegally) accessed The Game Day NFL X account to harass well-regarded football reporters on X (formerly Twitter).
Kleiman has gained more than 265,000 followers (and notoriety) mainly by reposting breaking news from high-profile NFL writers and reporters.
He also once produced written content for the website ‘BroBible.’ In recent years, Kleiman has become a lightning-rod on X for what others perceive as him failing to properly attribute reports from NFL journalists.
In 2020, The Game Day gave Kleiman access to the TGD NFL account to boost its following through a ‘Twitter Takeover." Later, Kleiman apparently hacked the account and spent much of 2023 sending vile tweets under the guise of The Game Day NFL.
The tweets triggered a company-wide internal investigation that failed to uncover the issue of the false tweets - some of which were directed at NFL reporter Jordan Schultz (a friend of Caps Off podcast).
Then, Fontes got a tip that blew the lid off the scandal and uncovered that someone was posting from the account by using a TweetDeck extension that enabled him to retain access to the account.
TweetDeck was made unavailable for general use on August 17, 2023, so Kleiman may have used a workaround - according to Fontes’ findings.
“It’s almost like a dark-web, back-end loophole to be able to tweet from an account without anyone knowing,” Fontes said on Caps Off.
“He probably thought we would never figure it out. However, we did.”
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