Marketplace has a new podcast for kids, "Million Bazillion!" EPISODE OUT NOW
Codebreaker

Worse than a broken bat

Marc Sanchez Aug 3, 2012

What up Major League Baseball teams and your Facebook accounts? Cap night is one thing, but if you read the Florida Marlins’ Facebook page yesterday, you might have been led to believe fans were to receive pit bulls. Adorable. Yankees fans were told via that team’s page, that super-star shortstop Derek Jeter would be out for the rest of the season due to sexual reassignment surgery. Turns out MLB team accounts were “hacked” yesterday. I use quotes there because it’s unclear on whether somebody broke into the accounts or the posts came from someone who had access to them (and maybe swallowed one too many wads of chewing tobacco).

Sophos reports:

Other clubs affected included the Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants.

Here’s a tip to the prankster: if you’re going to gain access to this many eyeballs, make sure you have something interesting to say. The posts ranged from outrageous to mean, and I think, they were trying to be funny. Missed the mark.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.